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spoil bank

spoil bank  n.— «In the rolling hills just a few miles outside town, a forest of black locust, black cherry and young sugar maple grows from what the locals call spoil banks, mounds of dirt and rock tossed aside by years of strip-mining...

coyote camp

coyote camp  n.—Gloss: an improvised place near the site of a forest fire where firefighters have chosen to sleep. «If travel time to the side (or flank) of the fire where firefighters are assigned, they could be asked to “spike...

scatter hoarding

scatter hoarding  n.— «Every year, the squirrels plant a forest of pecan trees for me. They observe a practice called “scatter hoarding.” That means they harvest nuts and such and bury them all over the place. That way, no single raid by a...

Los Anchorage

Los Anchorage  n.— «That was in the early 1900s when Seward was the main supply port for miners in the Hope/Sunrise district of the Kenai and where a still-hoped-for Alaska railroad would start. Seward was a boom town, and Anchorage was...

hoe-chucker

hoe-chucker  n.— «The Vancouver parks board received two log-loaders yesterday from Finning Canada and Caterpillar to aid in Stanley Park’s restoration. The half-million-dollar machines, commonly called hoe chuckers, are used to play a log...

Sick Bags

Sick Bags  n.— «From a distance, Six Flags towers above the forest like the skeletal remains of a long-dead civilisation—aficionados refer to it as Sick Bags, in gruesome acknowledgment of the franchise’s reputation as the Kingdom of...