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breast ironing

breast ironing  n.— «This practice, referred to as “breast ironing,” occurs extensively in the 10 provinces of Cameroon. In an effort to prevent adolescent breasts from developing, implements such as grinding stones, pestles...

reverse half-a-loaf

reverse half-a-loaf  n.— «The way to accomplish this same goal under the “new” rules is a technique called “reverse half-a-loaf” planning. In this case, a potential Medicaid applicant would give away all of his or her assets to a loved...

omnicide

omnicide  n.— «The concept of species annihilation means a relatively swift, deliberately induced end to history, culture, science, biological reproduction and memory. It is the ultimate human rejection of the gift of life, an act which...

nifty-gifty

nifty-gifty  n.— «“There’s a tremendous amount of potential to sell what I call the nifty-gifties,” said Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst for the NPD Group, a market research firm. “You have a captive audience, even with...

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...

bug-chaser

bug-chaser  n.— «An even smaller, but growing, group are those who call themselves “gift givers” and “bug chasers”—those who actively seek to spread the disease to willing people, and those people who wish to...