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incept

incept  v.— «In prose that could only have been manufactured by the very finest drivel machine, the company boasts: “We have an outstanding track-record delivering successful government relations campaigns, incepting high-profile and high...

desert cooler

desert cooler  n.— Note: Wikipedia has a decent entry for this type of air conditioner. Collins is the only mainstream dictionary publisher to include the term, but does so with an outdated definition: “a cooling device in which air is...

depressionary

depressionary  adj.—Gloss: Related to a depression or a recession that looks like it could become a depression. «The destruction of consumer spending forces all economic actors to lower down their prices. So it clearly has a...

floorplanning

floorplanning  n.— «The move is intended to stimulate small business and consumer lending, which has dried up in the wake of the credit crisis. Most dealers finance their inventory—a process called floorplanning—through automakers or banks...

roll rate

roll rate  n.— «We’re in the late stages of the financial disaster of 2008, but another crisis looms: The consumer recession. According to the Wall Street Journal, more and more credit-card holders are falling behind on their payments and...

cross-shopping

cross-shopping  n.— «With more car dealers out there now than ever before, consumers also now have more leverage. It’s a common consumer tactic to play two car dealers off each other, or in auto dealer parlance, “cross...