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parachute

parachute  v.— «In public service culture, parachuting can involve a public servant of a political persuasion joining a ministerial staff at a higher level with greater income than would have been possible had he or she remained within...

three-D job

three-D job  n.— «Influenced by the economic slowdown and increasing unemployment, even the so-called three-D (dirty, difficult and dangerous) jobs have become hard to get, for the first time in ten years. Three-D job applicants surpassed...

open the kimono

open the kimono  v. phr.— «“I went down to Xerox Development Corporation,” [Steve] Jobs said,…”and I said, ‘Look, I will let you invest a million dollars in Apple if you will sort of open the kimono at Xerox PARC...

GUBU

GUBU  adj.— «The systemic problems in the Garda management were not confined to its operations in Donegal, Mr McDowell said, reiterating his GUBU-esque description of recent events as: “Frightening, unprecedented, egregious and...

haltura

haltura  n.— «I’m not going away from Israel to do “halturas” (free-lance jobs) with other orchestras. It’s basically going to be an opera season for me.» —“IPO says farewell to Mehta’s arms: Back again in...

alambrista

alambrista  n.— «For years, he’s answered requests by community groups to tell of his early adventures in the 1950s—how he labored, among other things, as a gardener and a trash collector; how he returned to California over and over; and...