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interview without coffee

interview without coffee  n.— «The order by Major Dan Taylor breached the Geneva Convention and the crackdown which followed at an aid camp near Basra led to three soldiers being charged with abusing civilians. But Maj Taylor was only...

make (one’s) bones

make (one’s) bones  v.— «Chertoff—described as being “as cold-blooded as they come”— has a personal agenda that includes becoming U.S. Attorney General and, eventually, grabbing a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. But there’s a...

tiger kidnapping

tiger kidnapping  n.— «Police intelligence reports and underworld crime gangs share the same use of terminology—a tiger kidnapping is what they both call a crime where a hostage is held to force the victim to take part in a robbery...

lattenomics

lattenomics  n.— «Last month Paris became the latest city to feature on what the Economist dubs its “lattenomics” scale, which shows whether currencies are at their “correct” level against the dollar by comparing...

witches’ knickers

witches’ knickers  n.pl.— «Alaskans call them “tundra ghosts” and “landfill snowbirds.” In China, they’re “white pollution.” South Africans have sarcastically dubbed them their “national flower...

GUBU

GUBU  adj.— «It has been an annus horribilis for the Prime Minister. The combination of an unpopular war in Iraq, which split his cabinet and his party, and the GUBU nature of the David Kelly affair, not to mention the Hutton Inquiry...