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mahogany reef

mahogany reef  n.— «Old-time sailors with hangovers explained away their misery by saying they had been caught in a rum front, and hung up on a mahogany reef (a bar).» —“It’s no fish story: Yacht sales brisk in landlocked...

block

block  n.— «Judy Hines holds the distinction of being one of Denver’s longest working prostitutes. “I started when I was 15, in 1974, working out of an apartment building behind Colfax and Pearl,” said the 46-year-old Hines...

aerotropolis

aerotropolis  n.— «This phenomenon is not new, Bender and others say. It even has a name, which was coined by University of North Carolina professor John Kasarda: the aerotropolis. The idea is that major business centers have always...

Rummy’s Dummies

Rummy’s Dummies  n.— «Just what did Rummy’s dummies think Saddam and his cronies were doing while they were “fighting” a token war against “coalition” forces—knitting prayer shawls?» —“Letters” by...

burn-off theater

burn-off theater  v.— «Burn-Off Theater…the presentation of shelved losers and leftovers, ie. making use of pilots that didn’t go. Fox president G. Berman: “Summer isn’t just for Burn-Off Theater anymore...

puffer

puffer  n.— «Police Chief Gerry Whitman said officers also will be on the lookout for “puffers”—unattended cars puffing exhaust while warming up. The cars often are stolen for joy rides or wind up being used in crimes. Anyone...