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refarming

refarming  n.— «The European Commission has decided to reallocate parts of the radio spectrum used for 2G services and use by 3G services. The process is known in telco-speak as “refarming,” and will, according to the...

twenty-minute takeout

twenty-minute takeout  n.— «The “security check” used by the CIA to prepare a detainee for transport on a rendition plane was described to us by one source in the American intelligence community as a “twenty-minute takeout.” His...

Crispie

Crispie  n.— «They have bought so much property in England, Spain and in countries in Eastern Europe that they have been dubbed Crispies—short for cash-rich Irish seeking properties in Europe.» —“An Irish Taste for Real Estate in...

muckett

muckett  n.— «Earlier in his career, Mr. Davis worked in Europe for Fiat and G.M. In Germany, he learned gummidingers, a name for rubber thingamajigs that have no name. Mr. Davis defined the British-sounding mucketts as “complicated rubber...

gummidinger

gummidinger  n.— «Earlier in his career, Mr. Davis worked in Europe for Fiat and G.M. In Germany, he learned gummidingers, a name for rubber thingamajigs that have no name. Mr. Davis defined the British-sounding mucketts as “complicated...

controlled-atmosphere killing

controlled-atmosphere killing  n.— «Our proposal requests only a feasibility study concerning a new slaughter technology called controlled-atmosphere killing (CAK), which is used in 30 plants in Europe and five in the U.S. I have a long...