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thermal roughening

thermal roughening  n.— «In February, crews started blasting the sidewalks with a blowtorch—or “thermal roughening,” as they call it—to burn away the slippery top layer of stone.» —“Mayor Bloomberg orders $1M worth of...

guess question paper

guess question paper  n.— «If you have the money, you can walk into the exam hall with the answersheet, filled and how. The modus operandi is simple—students get hold of the question paper for the next day’s exam, called in campus parlance...

hall walker

hall walker  n.— «The departure of Adm. William J. (“Fox”) Fallon gives us a rare insight into a secret world of relationships between the highest-ranking general officers and their civilian masters.…Eventually, in the...

cocktail sip

cocktail sip  n.— «Indeed, he made no mention of it at all. Thompson spoke at an annual social sponsored by the Friends of Barbados DLP Association, the party’s New York branch headed by Lennox Price. Held at Nazareth Hall High School in...

coin trail

coin trail  n.— Note: A picture of a coin trail is here. «Staff at Miriam Lord Primary School, in Church Street, Manningham, were hoping to raise more than £200 with a coin trail around their hall.» —“Coining it in for Children In...

stewburner

stewburner  n.—Gloss: a person who works in a naval commissary. «Henry Gagne was in the squadron about four months when he decided he wanted to be a stewburner, or in naval parlance, a commissaryman. So he worked in the chow hall.» —“...

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