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toga

toga  n.— «In Mexico and Europe over the past two to three years, 98 patients have had the new weight-loss surgery, named Toga (for transoral gastroplasty).» —“Weight-Loss Surgery, No Cutting Required” by Denise...

shooting brake

shooting brake  n.— «Mercedes calls the Fascination a modern twist on a body style known in Europe as the “shooting brake,” which, according to tradition, is a luxury coupe with the rear end of a wagon. As such, the Fascination...

cathedral thinking

cathedral thinking  n.— «Rogers described how he has embraced something called “cathedral thinking” and he was calling on the valley to join him. I cringed at first mention of the term, worried that he was going to digress into...

carbon leakage

carbon leakage  n.— «But bowing to pressure from industry lobbies, the commission announced that it would not allow the ETS to preside over “carbon leakage,” an ugly term meaning the relocation of steelworks and the like from Europe...

splash and dash

splash and dash  n.— «But the law did not anticipate “splash and dash”—a loophole in the system. This practice involves bringing a tanker of biodiesel made elsewhere, usually Indonesia or Malaysia, to the United States, adding...

nails

nails  n.pl.— «After learning the game on plastic cleats, most golfers stick with them as they turn pro. Often referred to as “nails” by players and suppliers, metal spikes are permitted throughout Europe and at a handful of...