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spinny

spinny  n.— «So is being a “spinny”—modern parlance for spinsterhood—such a bad thing?» —“The new singletons: Not so young, but free and single” by Liz Hoggard Independent (United Kingdom) Apr...

cold-iron

cold-iron  v.— «However, said Chavdarian, if the ocean-going ships that now call at the port are required to “cold iron,” that is, completely shut down all boilers while in port and rely on shore-side electric power for lights...

Cinderella complex

Cinderella complex  n.— «Poor old Cinderella never intended to be a social climber—but her rags-to-riches tale has given hope to countless upwardly mobile little girls over the years. They should be careful, however, not to fall prey to...

be daredeviled

be daredeviled  v. phr.— «During the last negotiation for the Independent Production Agreement, in 2001, 20th Century Fox claimed the studio canceled plans to shoot the Ben Affleck action flick Daredevil in Montreal and relocated it to...

simmering

simmering  n.— «Also outlawed would be what is called “simmering,” where details of previous sales in the same area are changed to support the price of an overvalued property.» —“Ministers order crackdown on rogue estate...

take-take

take-take  n.— «Chinamasa mounted a political defence saying he was “caught in a crossfire” in a battle which he described in court as a “take-take, which in military terms means hand-to-hand combat using bayonets”...

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