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if-by-whiskey

if-by-whiskey  other.— «Government officials appeared to be content with the “if-by-whiskey” message, which in political parlance is an argument that affirms both sides of an issue and agrees with whichever side the questioner...

swoop down

swoop down  n.— «Celebrities are notorious for skaing around questions. That’s why I like people like Wendy Williams. She issues a “swoop down” that boxes them into a corner so they have no choice but to answer the question or...

gross-up

gross-up  n.— «Union pension plan activists aim to raise a new executive compensation issue at corporate annual meetings this year: so-called “gross-ups” to cover income taxes on payouts.…Gross-up payments reimburse...

ratting

ratting  n.— «It can also cause some performance slowdowns in low-security areas where players are staging large fleet battles against each other. But for people who may just be “ratting” (a term for fighting small skirmishes with computer...

butterfly gate

butterfly gate  n.— «The insert was among several in the Nov. 15 issue, celebrating the magazine’s 40th anniversary. All the inserts were what the industry calls butterfly gates—ad pages on the outside, which unfold to reveal pages of...

wide stance

wide stance  n.— Note: This term is too new to have a fixed meaning, but in general “wide stance” is being used to mean “hypocrisy.” «You can easily win any argument with a rightwinger now simply by accusing them of...

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