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maternal profiling

maternal profiling  n.— «The more I thought about the film, the more worked up I got. How, in this day and age, could the people of Pennsylvania tolerate “maternal profiling?”…“I asked other single moms, “How do you...

pea-shake house

pea-shake house  n.— «There were many times that his father went to the local pea shake house and turned 25 cents into 25 dollars to support a family of nine. This is how he grew up and still today people are using ticket houses to make...

shut up and color

shut up and color  v. phr.— «Despite the fact that Julia qualified as an “exceptional family member,” the Air Force isn’t budging on her father’s retirement request, which he submitted last month. They want him to report to the...

boskin

boskin  n.— «Born in the Carmarthenshire village of Bancyfelin, he spoke only Welsh when the family moved to Carmarthen in 1947, where the monoglot English speakers of the town referred disparagingly to country dwellers as...

starvation corner

starvation corner  n.— «Dorothy Mitchell Fales gathered her entire family at her rectangular table, adding and removing leaves depending on which sons or grandchildren were in attendance. At our peak, we were fourteen. The children would...

starvation corner

starvation corner n. a literal or notional place of little sustenance, especially that part of a large gathering (a banquet, mealtime in a dining hall, a family get-together, etc.) in which food has yet to be served or eaten. Editorial Note: Often...