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grow teeth

grow teeth v. phr. in golf, (said of a course or hole) to become difficult; generally, to increase in importance or effect. Editorial Note: The Oxford English Dictionary has a sense under tooth “pl. denoting the ability to compel or enforce...

item girl

item girl n. in Indian cinema, a woman who appears in an item song; (hence) a female actress, singer, or dancer, esp. one who is poised to become a star. Editorial Note: An item song or item number is a musical performance that has little do with...

big dance

big dance n. an important event, esp. when the culmination of long preparation or a series of smaller events; (hence) in sports, a tournament or championship game. Editorial Note: Usually constructed with the definite article: the big dance...


rowback n. a reversal (of opinion, policy, or stated fact), esp. when intended to be surreptitious. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)


sheisty adj. dishonest, shady, shifty, suspicious. Also shysty, shiesty. Etymological Note: From shyster, a dishonest person, esp. a lawyer. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)


katastroika n. In the former Soviet republics, a disastrous government reform or change, esp. the perestroika movement of the 1990s and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Also catastroika. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)