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laborshed

laborshed  n.— «The first-ever Quad-Cities Graduate Inventory determined that 47,700 graduates are being produced annually within a 90-mile radius, which is considered the laborshed area for the Quad-Cities.» —“Illinois Q-C Chamber...

vertical corpse

vertical corpse  n.— «Most of the time a photojournalist, myself included, will take the expected shots. If it is a basketball game, it is safe to assume an armpit will appear on the back of the newspaper the following publication day. If...

crunch

crunch  n.— «There are 28 buses currently owned by Go West Transit. “There’s not that much of a difference in how many buses we run per season,” Kiah said. “However, in a week in which we get a figure like what we did in...

Bismarks

A California man remembers going to the neighborhood bakery back home in Illinois and ordering bismarks. But these days he rarely hears this term for jelly doughnut, and wonders about its origin. This is part of a complete episode.

slayer statute

slayer statute  n.— «According to testimony Friday, Christopher Vaughn was supposed to receive $1 million from a RiverSource life insurance policy. Vaughn, however, has not had access to that money because of an Illinois law commonly...

Kelly day

Kelly day n. a day off or vacation day taken at a scheduled interval in addition to normal time off or vacation. Also Kelly shift. Etymological Note: It has been claimed as early as 1953 that this term comes from Edward Joseph Kelly, mayor of...

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