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parachute

parachute  v.— «In public service culture, parachuting can involve a public servant of a political persuasion joining a ministerial staff at a higher level with greater income than would have been possible had he or she remained within...

mongo

mongo  n.— «Nagle’s interests lie more with the trash collectors than with the trash, although the two intersect on the subject of “mongo”—sanitation lingo for “redeemed garbage” or the act of collecting it.…“Within the department...

firemedic

firemedic  n.— «The role of firefighter—or firemedic, as they are called in Venice—has changed, and Johnson, whose last day as fire chief is Monday, hopes he has led the department in the right direction.» —“Venice finds position to...

belly button

belly button  n.— «One is that we have put in place a clear chain of command. There is a single belly button now that is responsible for the status of the I.T. infrastructure in the department—the four-star.» —“U.S. Representative...

Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson  n.— «To get them home quickly, he would need a little divine intervention, or at least a sympathetic ear at American Airlines.…Garcia placed a call to the Jim Wilson Desk, the pleasant name the airline has given the...

Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson  n.— «A “Jim Wilson,” for example, is airline industry argot for a cadaver being shipped in cargo; undertakers routinely ask for “Jim Wilson” fares. So when a computer executive’s wife inquired about her...