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hully-gully

hully-gully adj. haphazard, disorganized, inconsistent, loosey-goosey. Also adverb, willy-nilly, pell-mell, helter-skelter, and noun, hustle and bustle, hurly-burly, hullabaloo. Editorial Note: This term is common in basketball and other sports...

pumpkin lily

pumpkin lily n. an effete or unskilled person; a novice. Also punkin lily. Editorial Note: Nearly all discovered uses this term, including the 1922 and 1958 citations below, come from descriptions of Teddy Roosevelt, then aged 25, at the time of his...

heckler’s veto

heckler’s veto n. the cancellation or suppression of a public event (such as a discussion, speech, or rally) due to (threat of) interruptions, protests, or violence. Etymological Note: The origin of the term given in the 1977 citation has not been...

couch rocket

couch rocket n. a large, luxurious motorcycle, typically ridden by an older rider. Etymological Note: A play off crotch rocket ‘a small, fast motorcycle.’ (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

cupcake

cupcake v. to compete or win with little effort. Editorial Note: Usually transitive, especially in the form cupcake it. Thanks and credit go to Ben Zimmer for his research. Etymological Note: Ben Zimmer has suggested comparisons with other dessert...

viewshed

viewshed n. the landscape or topography visible from a geographic point, especially that having aesthetic value. Etymological Note: This term is directly related to watershed ‘an area or ridge of land that separates waters flowing to different...

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