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secret squirrel mission

secret squirrel mission  n.— «The detail protects the governor, the lieutenant governor, visiting dignitaries and other elected officials deemed to be at risk. But Mr. Wiese so frequently dispatched members of the detail to other duties...

Gramm-standing

Gramm-standing  n.— «Hutchison’s knack for bringing home dollars as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee recalls the priorities of three Texas predecessors: Lyndon Johnson, Lloyd Bentsen and Gramm. And like Gramm, Hutchison has...

denning

denning  n.— «A biologist at the scene admitted to an independent wolf scientist that the 6-week-old pups were held down and shot in the head, one by one. This inhumane practice, known as “denning,” has been illegal for 40...

dink

dink  v.— «Jon Huntsman is the governor of Utah and is thought to be a possible running mate for McCain.…He also enjoys “dinking,” a term he coined for taking his kids to eat at greasy-spoon diners.» —“10 Things You...

lock box

lock box  n.—Gloss: a government account or fund which is protected from reappropriation to other government programs. «The current casinos bill under consideration puts about $300 million in an account, which legislators refer to as a...

pimp slap

pimp slap  n.— «“While Clark County is more than willing to participate in a dialogue with you and your legislative leaders about the future of these programs, we believe strongly that they should be one of the last programs to be cut...