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Free Rein vs. Free Reign

To give free rein, meaning “to allow more leeway,” derives from the idea of loosening one’s grip on the reins of a horse. Some people mistakenly understand the term as free reign. This is part of a complete episode.

Etymology of Movie Grips

The grip on a movie set is responsible for adjusting the lights, positioning and the camera, and ensuring safety. There are various picturesque explanations for this word’s origin, but the truth is likely quite simple: it comes from the French...

Tomnibus

Tomnibus  n.— «A product of Democratic frustration with the tactics of Senator Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican and physician who has become the Dr. No of the Senate, the Tomnibus is a $10 billion collection of Coburn-blocked measures...

rubbered in

rubbered in  adj.— «Regarding this track, us drivers use the term “rubbered in.” This means the track is getting more grip and that is really the case here. This makes it very challenging from a driver perspective but also...

blade bank

blade bank  n.— «Here is a model village that is free from the ravenous moneylenders who extend loans to hapless farmers on exorbitant interest rates. Better known as “Blade Banks” in local parlance, these private banks bleed...

Gazastan

Gazastan  n.— «When satirizing the current Palestinian split some have referred to it as “Gazastan” after Hamas tightened its grip over Gaza, following its bloody and ferocious battles with Fatah.» —“From Gaza to...

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