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hoghouse

hoghouse attrib. connotating legislation that has been stripped of its original provisions and amended to accomplish a different purpose. Also as verb. Etymological Note: The history given in the last citation is plausible but unverified. (source:...

starvation corner

starvation corner n. a literal or notional place of little sustenance, especially that part of a large gathering (a banquet, mealtime in a dining hall, a family get-together, etc.) in which food has yet to be served or eaten. Editorial Note: Often...

skybust

skybust v. to shoot at flying game birds that are too high or out of range. Editorial Note: The 1943 citation is an unrelated usage from baseball, referring to home runs or strong hits, which in the past have sometimes been called “sky-busters...

who laid the rail

who laid the rail adv. phr. in the forms from or to or until or for or since who laid the rail: with all possible speed, force, or action; completely, thoroughly, excessively, endlessly, limitlessly; quickly; forever, always, since time immemorial...

Stephen Girard job

Stephen Girard job n. a task or occupation comprised of make-work or busywork; a repetitive undertaking. Editorial Note: This term does not appear to have ever been common. Thanks to Bill Simon of Garvey Schubert Barer for suggesting this term...

Bradley effect

Bradley effect n. the difference between the number of people who vote for a black candidate and those who say they will or would. Editorial Note: The first citation is a nonce usage that refers to Bill Bradley, Democratic senator from New Jersey...

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