TagDouble-Tongued Dictionary

cadillacking

cadillacking  v.— «Bass is correct in saying that too many people go “cadillacking” along with herbs and take large doses.» —“John K. Crellin, Jane Philpott” A Reference Guide to Medicinal Plants , 1989...

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Kelly day

Kelly day  n.— «The delegation…explained that firemen work one day and have the next day off with every 10th day designated as a “Kelly” day or day off. This schedule is followed except during the vacation period when the...

postman’s holiday

postman’s holiday  n.— «He is still busy with his life work, which is the promotion of American shipping. He does take a vacation now and then, but it is like the postman’s holiday. He takes it on a ship.» —“Dean of...

pull leather

pull leather  v. phr.— «But Molinas was assassinated in Los Angeles in 1975, three months after I had lunch with him at the Playboy Club. As they say in Texas, Molinas “pulled leather on the mob” in Vegas by refusing to pay his...

spermarche

spermarche  n.— «For this milestone in male maturation I suggest one of two terms: we might call it primus ejactulatus from the Latin or spermarche from the Greek. I prefer the latter, which means “the beginning of sperm...