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canning

canning  n.— «Marilyn Frano, Weymouth’s substance abuse prevention coordinator, said she came up with the idea after she heard that Weymouth High School athletes were asked to collect change—a practice known as “canning”—outside liquor...

bird’s nest on the ground

bird’s nest on the ground  n.— «He deeply resented the suggestion that the White House was his for the taking—a bird’s nest on the ground, as they say in Texas. But with his family’s name and fundraising machine, and a shrewd strategist...

orphan disease

orphan disease  n.— «A 12-year-old Simi Valley boy with a rare immune system disorder has inspired a series of benefits to help find a cure for what is known as an “orphan disease” because it affects too few children to warrant...

turtling

turtling  n.— «But an invitation for COMPAC’s annual fundraising barbecue Aug. 24 shows that some in COMPAC definitely aren’t turtling—to use a hockey term for ducking a fight by falling down and hiding your head.» —“More political...

sugar

sugar  n.— «Diabetes, commonly known as “sugar” in many Caribbean cultures, occurs when the body either lacks the ability to produce the hormone insulin, lacks the ability to use insulin properly—or both.» —“Diabetes...