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Mart Brothers

Mart Brothers n.pl. the American retail store chains Wal-Mart and K-Mart. Editorial Note: This term is ironically jocular through comparison to local stores that tend to be named after their owners and in contrast to the two retailers’—especially...

land of fruit and nuts

land of fruit and nuts n. California. Editorial Note: A reference to both the agricultural bounty of California and the stereotypical image of Californians as being other than normal, fruit n., ‘a crazy person’ and nuts adj., ‘crazy.’ Usually...

mahogany reef

mahogany reef n. a place where alcoholic drinks are served, especially in a seaside community. Editorial Note: This is a jocular expression associated with sailing and fishing. It is sometimes used as the name of an actual drinking establishment...

paper airplane

paper airplane n. in aeronautics and aerospace, a flying machine that is strictly theoretical. Editorial Note: The adjectival form paper, referring to something that exists only in print or writing but not as a physical object, is fairly common...

princess disease

princess disease n. said of a woman, one or more characteristics ascribed to a princess, such as having a high opinion of one’s self, imperious or haughty behavior, eating disorders, or, in South Korea, a desire for wealth, material goods, or a...