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creeping crud

creeping crud  n.— «“Jungle rot,” “New Guinea crud” or “the creeping crud” are U.S. servicemen’s names for any & every kind of tropical skin disease.» —“Jungle Rot” Time Aug. 13, 1945...

mobile phone elbow

mobile phone elbow  n.— «A surgeon from a Beijing hospital says more and more white-collar workers are turning up with a strange disease they dub “mobile phone elbow.” The patients’ elbows are painful or numb, and sometimes...

chiefs disease

chiefs disease  n.— «The CHP’s fraud task force investigated possible abuse of disability retirement, specifically among its highest ranking officers.…Most startling of all, 80 percent of assistant chiefs retired on disability...

matte release

matte release  n.— «A fascinating borderline case is what is known as a “matte release.” This is a press release which is written like a complete news story. A publication of the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC)...

red light disease

red light disease  n.— «Well, I think anybody in those jobs who has been doing it for a long time, they can be demanding. I think they all have that red light disease, when that little light in front of the camera goes on. But Gumbel is a...

hat-rack

hat-rack  v.— «Replacing that stock was slowed last fall when canker, the disease most dangerous to citrus, was discovered in several Florida nurseries. Millions of seedlings had to be destroyed. Other trees damaged in 1983 were “hat...

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