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gate fever

gate fever  n.—Gloss: in the U.K., a prisoner’s growing preoccupation with leaving jail as a scheduled release date approaches. «I received over 700 letters of support while in Pentonville which massively boosted my morale each day...

suspense

suspense  adj.— «Perhaps it is no coincidence that the Army’s term for a deadline is a “suspense,” sometimes abbreviated simply “S:” and followed by a date. The first time I was told that I had to “meet a suspense,” I didn’t know where to...

poot butt

poot butt n. generally, a weak, worthless, unworthy, or ignorant person. Also poop butt, pooh butt, and as a single word. Often used attributively and adjectivally. Editorial Note: This term appears to date to at least as early as the mid-1960s...

date out

date out  v. phr.— «Black women around the country also are reconsidering deep-seated reservations toward interracial relationships, reservations rooted in America’s history of slavery and segregation. They’re taking cues from their...

tuple

tuple  n.— «A tuple is neither an exotic fungus nor an adults-only entertainment. Defined with misleading simplicity as “a series of typed values,” the tuple can be to distributed computing what a base pair is to a molecule of DNA: Tuples...

e-mail bankruptcy

e-mail bankruptcy  n.— «Dr. Turkle said that in her research on people’s relationship with computation, she hears more and more about a fantasy she calls “e-mail bankruptcy,” a fantasy that she sometimes shares. “In my...

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