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chipmunk

chipmunk  n.— «Turns out “chipmunk” is a colloquial term for a little battery-powered yellow circular saw, explains project leader Kate Drake, who adopted the slang after hearing it while working on a Habitat house in Houston...

shi-shi

shi-shi n. urine or urination. Also make shi-shi or go shi-shi ‘to urinate.’ Editorial Note: Reduplicated shi, from the Japanese shiko ‘urine.’ Also imitative of the sound of streaming water. A similar expression occurs in Portuguese, according to...

eat potato

eat potato  v. phr.— «The colloquial term “chiak kantang” translates into “eat potato” and refers to Asians who speak with—or at least try to affect—Western accents.» —“Left out in the dark” by...

call a deal

call a deal  v. phr.— «Tracon controllers say FAA investigators have been standing behind them as they guide planes and pull radar tapes if they think the three-mile separation standard was violated. “If we run them too tight...

ninth island

ninth island  n.— «Gov. Ben Cayetano has slipped off to Las Vegas to participate in the kickoff of the Great Ninth Island Expo, a three-day event to display made-in-Hawaii gifts and products.» —“Hawaii governor slips off to Las Vegas...

ninth island

ninth island  n.— «“It’s poi,” he laughed. This was one of the reasons Bob came to the California Hotel, aka Hawaii’s ninth island. “Try some? The saimin noodles are also good.”» —“Hawaiians flock to California Hotel...

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