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gutless clause

gutless clause  n.— «Using a seldom used procedure (called for a lack of a better term—the gutless clause), a motion was made to “table” the bill just prior to crossover. The procedure did not allow for a debate or vote on the bill and...

paruretic

paruretic  n.— «Bernie is a paruretic and right then, emotionally and physically, the symptoms were torturing him. We’re talking Bashful Bladder Syndrome. In formal terms, as described in the Lancet, Bernie suffers urinary hesitancy, or...

head-down

head-down  adj.— «An in-depth corporate workplace survey showed that the main problems for those working in traditional eight- by nine-foot cubes was the lack of privacy and difficulty in doing heads-down work. For employees who had...

leaky pipe phenomenon

leaky pipe phenomenon  n.— «The “leaky pipe” phenomenon describes the tendency of women in science to slip away after each level of study at a far greater rate than men do. There are many explanations for this—competing...

lay down

lay down  n.— «Say your staff makes a habit of describing customers who pay full price as “lay downs.” Your dealership has just insulted a customer who has given you more money. Instead of fawning over this customer for increasing your...

Peter Pan housing

Peter Pan housing n. homes not built to take into account the needs of elderly residents. Etymological Note: In the story by J.M. Barrie, the character of Peter Pan never becomes an adult. “Peter Pan” is occasionally used in a different...