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roller skate effect

roller skate effect  n.— «There is also what is called the roller skate effect, where the wheels and tires are too small for the body. (Volkswagens of the 1980s seemed to have especially small wheels proportionally, and fell prey to this...

crowdsourcing

crowdsourcing  n.— «Mechanical Turk’s customers are corporations. By contrast, ChaCha.com, a start-up in Carmel, Ind., uses artificial artificial intelligence—sometimes also called crowdsourcing—to help individual computer users find...

belt air

belt air  n.— «Stricken from Yonts’ bill was a provision that would have barred the use of conveyor-belt tunnels for coal-mine ventilation. “Belt air,” as it is known in the industry, may contain coal dust and toxic chemicals...

nuclear blindness

nuclear blindness  n.— «In contrast to the global frenzy triggered by North Korea’s nuclear weapons test, the threat of biochemical WMDs has prompted a muted response from the West. The reason may be what former weapons inspector...

sky-busting

sky-busting  v.— «It was in sharp contrast to the sky-busting that went on yesterday, when geese trying to get to the decoys were scared repeatedly by out-of-range shots.» —“Wood, Field and Stream” by John W...

pixie

pixie  v.— «The final example is the use of the word “pixieing.” It is in extremely common usage among protesters. It can mean any act of cheeky defiance of authority, such as the snatching and wearing of a security guard’s...

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