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graphene

graphene  n.— «The latest craze in materials science is graphene, a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon that looks like molecular chicken wire. Graphene is the thinnest of all possible materials in the universe. It shares many of the properties...

blue-state tax

blue-state tax  n.— «Democratic leaders in Congress are vowing to make the alternative minimum tax a centerpiece of next year’s budget debate, saying the levy threatens to unfairly increase tax bills for millions of middle-class families...

tiger stripe

tiger stripe  n.— «Stretch marks, on the other hand, I’ve got lots more of.… (About 50% of the skin on my shoulders and the biceps side of my upper arms is stretch marks; overdoing it in the sun makes for a plethora of bright red...

dogs of the Dow

dogs of the Dow  n.pl.— «WI was thinking of the Dogs of the Dow, those high-yielding blue chips that gained notoriety nearly a decade ago.…The Dogs of the Dow system was invented a quarter-century ago by a money manager named Michael...

abby

abby  n.— «Have you seen this week’s edition of Newsweek? It’s all about the boomer generation—of which I am one of them. According to the article, boomers have played a key roll in defining every decade since the 50’s. First we were...

flat-water pool

flat-water pool  n.— «With apologies to Dr. Seuss, what do you call a swimming hole with no sprinklers, kerpinklers or soaking walinklers?…“In the business, we refer to it at as a flat-water pool,” says Peter Dunn of St. Louis...

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