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hookah diving

hookah diving  n.— «A submerged Craig Stevens poked and prodded the riverbank mud with a hose. On the surface, his fiancee, Carolyn Decker, alternately played with the couple’s three dogs and tended to their suction dredge—a device that...

dead man’s switch

dead man’s switch  n.— «A safety switch was disconnected in a runaway locomotive which crushed three people to death in Milton on March 14, an inquest was told yesterday. The switch, called a dead man’s switch, first gives a warning...

finger trouble

finger trouble  n.— «It was an assembly error in the car’s in-line six that led to a blow-up and fire as one of the conrods left the scene of the crime through the side of the engine block. Race teams put such failures down to...

pop

pop  n.— «Mike Rehmus, editor of Model Engine Builder, a magazine published five times a year in Vallejo, Calif., said that the builders of miniature internal-combustion engines seemed to have in common a “satisfaction of making something...

hump

hump  v.— « Some railroad workers don’t appreciate the general public wandering around in their yards. There’s a good reason for this. Quite a few idiots get killed every year when they wander behind or under a train while the cars are...

black gang

black gang  n.— «Schutz was part of the first group of sailors, also known as “plank owners”, to board the ship on its maiden voyage in 1943. His work detail manned and operated the engine room, better known as the “black...