Home » clearing

Tagclearing

Blow the Soot Out

If you’re blowing the soot out, you might literally be clearing the soot out of a flue. By extension, it’s a term that means “relieving stress.” This is part of a complete episode.

feller buncher

feller buncher  n.— «Along a 9.5-mile corridor between Buchanan and Millwood, a team of contractors was busy removing oaks, birches and other trees to create a quarter-mile clearing. In one clearing, a feller buncher—a kind of bulldozer...

Busboy

Why do we call the fellow clearing the dishes and silverware a busboy? A Chicago listener isn’t satisfied with the answer, “Because he’s bussing the table.” Grant reveals the terms likely Latin roots. This is part of a...

repo

repo  n.— «Regulators also are monitoring repurchase agreements, also known as repos, which banks use for short-term financing. In a common arrangement known as tri-party repo, one bank lends money to another bank, which offers securities...

brouse

brouse  n.— Note: A variant spelling of, and derived from, the verb “browse.” The Oxford English Dictionary has this term dated to 1552. «Hiram said the winter of 1833 was bad for working out so they didn’t get much of the...

squirter

squirter  n.— «The two platoons burst out of their Humvees to the side of a four-story building in the Abu Saif neighborhood of Baghdad on Saturday. One squad sprinted to the back to catch any “squirters,” as the soldiers call fleeing...

Recent posts