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million-mile screwdriver

million-mile screwdriver  n.— «“Sometimes fixing it is hard at this distance,” said Cox, who is now deputy team leader for the Mars Exploration Rovers. “You find a way to work around it,” what she calls the “million...

escapement

escapement  n.— «Juvenile redfish, up to about four years old and 8 pounds or so, grow up in the estuaries and then join the offshore breeding stocks when they reach sexual maturity. That process is known as escapement, which is measured...

blank-check company

blank-check company  n.— «One niche in which the company already leads are officially called a Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation (SPAC). In everyday parlance, they’re known as blank-check companies. What are those? Back in ancient...

spook

spook  n.— «Sandi has a chronic cough after surviving a fire at the track last year. Marco because he’s a “spook,” what the industry calls extremely shy dogs.» —“45-mph couch potatoes” by T.D. Mobley...

pass the trash

pass the trash  v. phr.— «Offending teachers sometimes get help landing another teaching job from former bosses. The practice is so well known among educators they refer to it by name. They call it “passing the trash...

pit maneuver

pit maneuver  n.— «When the driver of the car refused to pull over on SR-434 and Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Longwood, a Seminole County deputy decided to move in with the precision immobilization technique called a pit maneuver...