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Grab the Brass Ring

A ride on the carousel in San Diego’s Balboa Park has Martha pondering the origin of the phrases to grab the brass ring, meaning to achieve something difficult, and to reach for the brass ring, meaning to try hard to reach a goal, and by...

Grab a Root and Growl

The exhortation grab a root and growl is a way of telling someone to buck up and do what must be done. The sense of grabbing and growling here suggests the kind of tenacity you might see in a terrier sinking his teeth into something and refusing to...

choreplay

choreplay  n.— «Forget crimson roses and chocolates. Grab a broom. Unload the dishwasher. Play with the kids. Now, that’s hot. That’s choreplay.» —“Want to get your woman in the mood? Try doing housework” by Helena...

fish with feet

fish with feet  n.— «Digital magazines—the flappable, page-by-page replication of a publication’s print edition, rather than content uploaded individually to a magazine’s Web site—have been around for about a decade, and Zinio has long...

meat diaper

meat diaper  n.— «Grab a Ziploc for the head and a meat diaper for all the juice!» —“It’s true! Maltin gave it three stars!” by Bonnie S. Walling Usenet: rec.arts.tv.mst3k.misc Mar. 8, 1997. (source: Double...