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surface snorting

surface snorting  n.— «Scores of Sydneysiders woke to the sight of thick white smoke coming from a Collins-class submarine off Sydney’s northern beaches this morning, but their fears of a fire were unfounded—it was just the ageing sub’s...

square stocking

square stocking  n.— «Soldiers, sailors and airmen from the Duke of Lancaster Regiment at Basra Airport will be getting one of 24,500 Christmas gift boxes, or “square stockings” as they are affectionately known, sent out by the Ministry of...

gravy plane

gravy plane  n.— «Mosiuoa Lekota, the defence minister, has appointed a committee to probe costly flights by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the deputy president, and other VIPs, he announced today.…“It will place the public in a position...

re-rolling

re-rolling  n.— «Last week, Defence Minister Gordon O’Connor and Hillier pledged that front-line soldiers would be called upon to serve no more than one tour in Afghanistan. To do that, the army will call on members of the navy and air...

bus

bus  n.— «One of the most complicated parts of the process involves miniaturising a nuclear device so it can fit on a missile.…The process involves fitting to a missile what is called a “bus” on which the warheads sit...

take-take

take-take  n.— «Chinamasa mounted a political defence saying he was “caught in a crossfire” in a battle which he described in court as a “take-take, which in military terms means hand-to-hand combat using bayonets”...