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fobbit

fobbit  n.— «Administrative specialists who never leave the fob are known, with some condescension, as fobbits. Like every soldier here, a fobbit could be killed at any time by a random rocket or mortar round. But on most days the greatest...

smearing

smearing  n.— «The trick, Sutton explained, to climbing a friction slab, is a motion called “smearing,” in which the palms of the climber’s hands, fingers pointing down, and the balls of his rubber-soled shoes are pushed into...

gating

gating  v.— «His parole officer did not consider holding, or “gating” him until the absolute end of his sentence on Nov. 28, 1989. To do so, an inmate’s behavior must have changed or there must be new information concerning his...

curbstoning

curbstoning  n.— «There are follow-up visits to housing units where residents did not send in forms or mailed back incomplete ones and field inspections of addresses declared vacant or listed as having only one occupant, a danger signal...

monkey board

monkey board  n.— «The eager, quick-eyed, ragged-headed sprite, who, with the agility of a monkey or a London sparrow, skips about stand-still omnibuses, this side, that side, and hopping on and off the step behind, ever in danger of a...

spizerinctum

spizerinctum  n.— «It seems that some of the ‘dry’ leaders of the state are in danger of jeopardizing the cause of sobriety by their weak-knee statements. And, of course, they are being ably assisted by certain headline writer desk men who...