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MacGyver bomb

MacGyver bomb  n.— «What officers found were several detonated MacGyver bombs inside the trash bin along with one that was unexploded. Police called a bomb squad member to the scene who disabled the device without incident.…What...

irritation fee

irritation fee  n.— «The surcharge, which Cameron and his friends refer to as an “irritation fee,” is still intact, while the seven”“day pass costs $85 more than the former five”“day pass.» —“Golfer says senior pass...

purpling

purpling  n.— «The man who called the school during an emotional crisis alleged that Soens would pinch his nipples, a practice called “purpling,” due to the dark bruises that appeared on the boys’ chests.» —“Probe of...

stick the landing

stick the landing  v. phr.— «Iowa State kept it until the fourth quarter, when Dailey started sticking the landing on his passes. Through three quarters, he had completed only 13 of 33.» —“Cyclones keep North anyone’s...

bullhook

bullhook  n.— «Circus representatives told the Judiciary Committee that the bullhook, or guide as they called it, is an accepted animal husbandry device that is not used in an abusive manner.» —“Lobbyist hired for $40,000 to fight...

high-marking

high-marking  n.— «Did a practice called “high-marking” cause the avalanche that killed two Iowa men? Witnesses say the men were competing to see who could drive their snowmobile farthest up a hillside near Rocky Mountain...