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Phixophobia

You call the repairman to fix a balky garage door, but when he gets there, it inexplicably works. You summon a plumber, only to find that when he arrives, your toilet’s no longer leaking, and you’re out $150. Or you discover that...

smog

smog  v.— «Arthur Garcia had been driving the same small, 22-year-old truck to work and back for the last 12 years. But when it came time in May to get his pickup “smogged,” Californian slang for an emissions test, his local...

plywood palazzo

plywood palazzo  n.— «Wherever they are found, they share common features: large atrium-style hallways, showpiece kitchens, multiple bathrooms, walk-in wardrobes, built-in garage and garden statuary; a style familiar to viewers of the...

come up

come up  v. phr.— «Deputy District Attorney Jose Arias portrayed the men as experienced garage burglars and possible drug users who were short on money during the early morning hours of March 28, 2006, and were looking to “come...

toy hauler

toy hauler  n.— «A good number of the units on display were of a style that didn’t even exist a few years ago. That would be the “sport utility trailer,” more commonly known as the “toy hauler.” A SUT is a travel...

garaging

garaging  n.— «Woodburn told the crowd that the increasingly popular practice known as “garaging”—in which a group of teens scours a neighborhood at night in search of unlocked garage doors with access to refrigerators filled...