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witness post

witness post  n.— «As surveys progressed, various improvements were introduced to secure regularity and convenience of description, by the establishment of base-lines, meridians, and standard parallels, through certain permanent natural...

ragging

ragging  n.— «The walls are a subtle rose color done with a technique called ragging, in which paint is applied with a rag rather than a brush. The color matches the border of the Art Deco rug.» —“Two Country Houses and One Romance...

book

book  n.— «Matters improved still more. Mr. Legree moved to a job at Public School 150, just across the street from his apartment at Brownsville Houses. It was at that job that he received his “book”—became a member of a laborers’ union...

superblock

superblock  n.— «“Superblocks” is the term for developments (whether a housing project or the World Trade Center) where city streets are demapped so that the development stands as a world unto itself without reference to surrounding...

blow a hoolie

blow a hoolie  v. phr.— «Houses made from wool? More like pulling it over our eyes. What if it rains or blows a hoolie? Living in a tent might be fine for nomads in warmer climes, but camping out in Britain is hardly a cushy option...

relo

relo  n.— «Such insight was not available when corporations left their employees to handle their own moves, since the figures were too fragmented to collect. To some extent, “relo” services have now become a clearinghouse for...

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