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bubble line

bubble line  n.— «There was more than a glimmer of hope this year that Congress would finally ante up $5.5 million needed for a planned oxygen system to improve striped bass fishing at Thurmond Lake.…The proposed oxygen system, which...

Brooklyn side

Brooklyn side  n.— «If a righty’s ball hits just to the left of the head pin, that’s called a crossover or, in the vernacular, hitting the Brooklyn side. Why? Bowling originated in the East, and a lot of its jargon came from there...

Washington Monument

Washington Monument  n.— «In budgeting parlance, a “Washington Monument” is a popular program or facility singled out for budget cuts precisely because of its popularity. The term seems to have its origins in the U.S. Park...

self-licking ice cream cone

self-licking ice cream cone  n.— «The “self-licking ice cream cone” that is the Congress of the United States prevents the closure of redundant factories and is satisfied by minor reforms, such as procuring a few items “off the shelf...

blue-state tax

blue-state tax  n.— «Democratic leaders in Congress are vowing to make the alternative minimum tax a centerpiece of next year’s budget debate, saying the levy threatens to unfairly increase tax bills for millions of middle-class families...

Bradley Effect

Bradley Effect  n.— «The Bradley Effect in New Jersey…In states where a tide seems to be running for President Reagan, Democratic candidates worry about the coattail effect on their races. In New Jersey, Democrats feel the protection...