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blat

blat  n.— «Alena Ledeneva, a University College London professor, will discuss how informal contacts and networks—which she dubs “blat”—have influence over society in post-Soviet Russia.» —“World of lectures set on...

hire to play

hire to play  v. phr.— «Not to be outdone, the D.C. Republicans say let’s ban gifts worth more than $20 and also outlaw the odious little practice called “hire to play.” That one has been forcing lobbying firms to hire more...

half-back

half-back  n.— «In South Carolina, they’re commonly known as half-backs, or those winter tourists who went down to Florida, realized it was too crowded, and came half-way back up.» —“Winter guests flock to coast” by Lauren...

merlot-to-go law

merlot-to-go law  n.— «F.S. 564.09, commonly called the “merlot to go” law, became effective July 1, 2005. It allows a restaurant licensed to sell wine to permit patrons to take one unsealed bottle of wine for consumption off...

trinogomous

trinogomous  adj.— «The film explores the relationship of Sam Cagnina, the oldest son of a Mafia hit man, with his life partner, Dr. Steven Margolin, a chiropractor, and their shared wife Samantha Singh, a struggling actress from Toronto...

hurricane cut

hurricane cut  n.— «Overpruning can be detrimental to a palm. “Hurricane cuts,” as they are called. stresses the palm to a point where there is an increased chance of disease and insect invasion.» —“New Year’s gardening...