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fellistrim

fellistrim  n.— «One thing dawned on me as I drove home from Kilkenny and it was this. There’s very little hurling in mountainy counties. The fields were lush and green with hardly a rush or a fellistrim.» —“Where I come from, we have...

half-widow

half-widow  n.— «Graham Cardwell has shown no inclination to return to his family, and, since he had done nothing illegal, the police are keeping his whereabouts secret. So Jane, too, remains a half-widow, the mystery of her husband’s...

green scare

green scare  n.— «Multiple indictments have already been issued in these cases as part of a broad nationwide round-up of environmental and animal rights activists called “Operation Backfire” by the FBI, and colloquially...

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...

buy bust

buy bust  n.— «At the time of the Aug. 11, 2005, bust, members of the Marin Major Crimes Task Force already had purchased 400 pills from Marquez. They arranged to buy 2,000 pills for $10,000 in a transaction known to investigators as the...

widowmaker

widowmaker  n.— «The left main coronary artery is often referred to as “the widowmaker.” Mangini’s left main artery was 100 percent blocked.» —“I was one in a million” by Peggy O’Neill Independent...

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