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ghost cycle

ghost cycle  n.— «There are few cars on the road at 1:15 a.m. as two bikers survey a slim metal utility pole at the ill-fated intersection, trying to figure out the most impressive way to attach a crumpled white bike to it with a three...

ghost cycle

ghost cycle  n.— «Bicycles painted stark white are chained to stop signs and telephone poles at nearly 40 locations around the city. An eerie visual reminder of the dangers cyclists face every day on local streets, these “ghost...

Kelly shift

Kelly shift  n.— «Under what is known as the “Kelly shift,” adopted by the Fire Department in 1969, firefighters worked a 27-day rotation consisting of one 24-hour shift, followed by 48 hours off. After repeating that cycle...

sneak into town

sneak into town  v. phr.— «Scarier than anything in “Captivity” was the drive to Danvers I had to go through to see it. The new horror film, a wan, derivative entry in the torture-porn cycle, didn’t screen for critics and is...

have hair

have hair  v. phr.— «Our strategy is to be aggressive sellers in three to six years, whether through a sale of an asset or a spinoff of a business. We’re not just buyers and holders.…Because we deal with things that have hair, we’ll...

paint the tape

paint the tape  v. phr.— «With another contemporary art auction cycle upon us, naive observers are again wondering about the huge prices engendered by hedge-fund speculation in contemporary art. How exactly is it done? The answer lies in a...

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