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white gold

white gold  n.— «Traditionally white is the colour of mourning. When a person dies, friends, relatives and members of the community collect money in a white envelope (called white gold) for the family and the bereaved, which goes towards...

fine

fine  n.— «The suit also alleges city officials told family members that tiny debris siftings believed to contain victims’ ashen remains were being kept separate from the rest of the debris that was sorted at Fresh Kills, but the...

forever family

forever family  n.— «There’s a special name for adoptive parents. They’re called the “forever families” by the children who enter their lives.» —“‘Forever families’” by Cheryl Clock The Standard (St...

deep bench

deep bench  n.— «But then there’s his sister Ophelia, who took his place. “She’s probably not going to be there very long, but the Ford’s have a deep bench as they say in sports.” Joe Ford has an unscathed reputation as a...

fi-fi

fi-fi  n.— «Paul E. Erdman, a writer of best-selling novels of financial intrigue who began his literary career in a Swiss jail, where he was being held in connection with the collapse of the Swiss bank he ran, died Monday of cancer, his...

extended suicide

extended suicide  n.— «Suicide is usually a solitary act. But in rare cases, people who are depressed and planning to take their own lives—as appears to have been the case with Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui—commit what some...