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recon by fire

recon by fire  n.— «The danger is particularly acute at night. The Iraqis do not have night-vision equipment, so when they spot people approaching their checkpoints they have a tendency to do what the Americans refer to as “recon by fire.”...

goat’s mouth

goat’s mouth  n.— Note: According to G. Llewellyn Watson’s Jamaican Sayings, “A person is said to have a goat’s mouth when he/she wishes another evil, and the wishes are fulfilled. It also applies to one who has the foresight...

man-riding

man-riding  n.— «On Wednesday, the Douglas County sheriff’s office said the two men were secured in a bucket being cabled up 500 to 800 feet when the cable failed, sending the men and the bucket to the ground. The men were in a device that...

spur ride

spur ride  n.— «Because of the possible danger of enemy fighters returning the pilots decided to extract Burrows and Cianfrini immediately instead of waiting for further assistance so they performed what is commonly called a “spur ride.”...

facade-ectomy

facade-ectomy  n.— «To be sure, shaving away everything but the facade of a building has been done before. In 1989, architects Moriyama & Teshima jammed a modern office building at 10 S. LaSalle St. with blue and lime green walls...

retail jail

retail jail  n.— «In a recent story about Home Office plans to ease the burden on police by creating so-called “retail jails” in shopping centres, the phrase “custody suites” was used. I’ve heard of bridal suites, a...