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thumping

thumping  n.— «Then a soldier would conduct the equivalent of what the oil industry calls “thumping.” Within the area rigged with sensors, a soldier would shoot a rifle at a small metal plate on the ground, causing...

uprate

uprate  n.— «he country’s most powerful nuclear plant, Palo Verde west of Phoenix, will soon grow more powerful, joining dozens of other nuclear plants whose upgrades are adding the equivalent of up to five new reactors across the nation...

Ecuavolley

Ecuavolley  n.— «Aside from water taps and electricpoles, Ariasucu’s only public infrastructure is a concrete volleyball court. Beginning around three o’clock in the afternoon, men of any age gather to play three-a-side...

customer action

customer action  n.— «It’s what London officials euphemistically describe as “customer action”—a person who has hurled himself under a train.» —“British mood: July 7 seen as equivalent of United States’ Sept. 11—security...

road pricing

road pricing  n.— «Transport Secretary Alistair Darling has proposed charging drivers the equivalent of up to two dollars, 30 cents for every mile traveled on the nation’s most congested highways. “Road pricing,” as it’s...

urban tumbleweed

urban tumbleweed  n.— «Word Fugitives sought an American equivalent for the Irish term witches’ knickers, which refers to “disposable plastic bags caught in trees.”…People on both coasts and in between submitted urban...