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wasichu

wasichu  n.— «“What are you wasichus doing here,” shouted Eli Bald Eagle, using a derogatory term for white people, as he approached on diabetes-swollen legs, bracing himself with a cane.» —“Drink, and despair, around every...

eleven

eleven  n.— «Botox also is used for “losing your 11,” the term for vertical frown lines on the forehead, for crow’ feet at the outer corner of the eyes, for smoker’s lines and for horizontal lines on the forehead...

launch basket

launch basket  n.— «To hit these cities, Hamas must fire its rockets from the northeast corner of the Gaza Strip. That area is known in military parlance as the “launch basket.”» —“Israeli troops focus on the “launch...

fly signs

fly signs  v. phr.— «He said he’s been arrested several times for “flying signs,” street lingo for panhandling on a street corner, and for theft of food and hygiene items at a Roth’s store.» —“Street kids and authority...

sideways market

sideways market  n.— «The stock market has been sending a series of mixed signals recently—a few days of strong gains followed by a few days of discouraging declines. This is what Wall Street refers to as a “sideways...

Thin Green Line

Thin Green Line  n.— «Game wardens in California are already underpaid by any standard, and stretched so thin the “Thin Green Line,” as they are called, could be known as the “Thin Dotted Line” if the budget...

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