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velvet hat trick

velvet hat trick  n.— «After I had mentioned velvet hat trick in relation to sports, I quickly found out that a velvet hat trick has little to do with sports at all. I was informed that a velvet hat trick is in fact where you have sex with...

in-and-out

in-and-out  n.— «If the court upholds Mayrand’s decision, the party could be forced to list the cost of the advertising under its national campaign, pushing it over its allowed expense limit, in violation of the Elections Act. “The...

party fishing

party fishing  n.— «In fact, they were nice enough not to cite a friend of mine who, while I was talking to troopers, freed a salmon from the end of my line, bonked it on the head, and used it to fill his three-fish limit for the day. That...

The Secret Lives of Flowers (minicast)

Martha muses about the secret lives of flowers in this week’s podcast. She’s been pondering the lexical legacy of Carolus Linnaeus, the great Swedish botanist who nearly 300 years ago was criticized for his fascination with what was a...

noddy

noddy  n.— «After the interview is finished, the camera is then turned onto the interviewer who asks some of the questions again and gives a series of “noddies,” that is, reaction shots, nods, smiles, or expressions of...

ant colony optimization

ant colony optimization  n.— «Ant colony optimisation, as the technique is called, turns on the fact that such insects exploit food in what appears to be an intelligent, but is in fact an entirely mindless, way.…he computer...