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flop

flop  v.— «I’m just going to go out and see how they call the game and just play the game.…(Collins) is a real physical player. I just hope they let me get physical back. Usually when I try to get physical back, he flops and they...

wake and bake

wake and bake  v. phr.— «The day’s already half gone, and Carlos, who sheepishly admits he’s a wake-and-bake sort of guy, hasn’t done much today but blaze blunts with his “boys”—fellow gang members—as the rain came down for the...

elephant-eared

elephant-eared  adj.— «That’s the most common gang crime in Palm Beach County: Hermanson and his colleagues are accustomed to finding itinerant workers beaten up or worse, with their pants pockets “elephant-eared,” or turned...

come heavy

come heavy  v. phr.— «As he opens the car door to leave, the ass end of a pistol is clearly visible in the waistband of his trousers. Carlos came heavy.» —“Bangin’ in L-Dub” by Jeff Stratton Broward-Palm Beach New...

handography

handography  n.— «There’s a great number called “The Campaign,” where we do what I call, “handography.” We’re all sitting on stairs and with our hands we do all this intricate, unison movement. It’s really fun to...

juashanga

juashanga  n.— «They are adapting their language to local phenomena: for example, laundromat has become “juashanga” (pronounced wash-anga).» —“‘Cuba Libre’ in Miami” by Milton Bracker in Miami...