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brain gang

brain gang  n.— «A few years ago, Netflix offered a million dollars to anyone out there who could design a system to improve their system of rating DVDs by 10 percent. 17,000 submissions came in from the public. Dell Computers, once almost...

synthetic short

synthetic short  n.— «At a time when traders would normally have shorted the stock as part of the trade, they’re instead bypassing the rising cost of doing so by assembling what are called “synthetic shorts.” In case you’re not familiar...

bank walkaway

bank walkaway  n.— «Banks are quietly declining to take possession of properties at the end of the foreclosure process, most often because the cost of the ordeal—from legal fees to maintenance—exceeds the diminishing value of the real...

center-of-the-plate cost

center-of-the-plate cost  n.— «Because whole grains offer long-lasting satisfaction, they offset what the hospitality industry calls “center-of-the-plate costs”—the expensive, high-protein foods, often rich in saturated fats, that are...

narrowbanding

narrowbanding  n.— «The number of users and uses has exploded four and five times, therefore you need the appropriate amount of bandwidth to carry the information,” said Stephen White, chief of Doylestown Township police...

Intensifying Similes in English

“He’s sharp as the corner of a round table.” “She’s so sad she’s pulling a face as long as a fiddle.” If startling similes leaving you “grinning like a basket full of possum heads,” you’ll...

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