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le sigh

le sigh  n.— «Some of my stuff is in the hall, some is still in the hotel room. I have to go get a new key from the front desk. Precursor of things to come: the elevator took forever to get there. Then, they wanted ID, which of course was...

supporter-in-effect

supporter-in-effect  n.— «In the lengthening hall of mirrors created by the war in Iraq, friends become enemies. Legislators who voted against the war are called supporters-in-effect when they try to support the troops without supporting...

sensing session

sensing session  n.— «The complaints have surfaced at town hall meetings for staff and soldiers, at commanders’”sensing sessions” in which soldiers or officers are encouraged to speak freely, and in several inspector general’s...

shape

shape  v.— «Each weekday United Hispanic workers “shape”—search for work—by driving throughout Manhattan and the Bronx and visiting job sites.…As the shape van wound down to ground zero and back to the Bronx, a picture of...

starvation corner

starvation corner n. a literal or notional place of little sustenance, especially that part of a large gathering (a banquet, mealtime in a dining hall, a family get-together, etc.) in which food has yet to be served or eaten. Editorial Note: Often...

dormcest

dormcest n. (at a university or college) a romantic or sexual relationship with a person who lives in the same coed residence hall. Also hallcest, floorcest. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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