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benthic barrier

benthic barrier  n.— «Where the watermilfoil is too dense for that approach (scientists have found as many as 300 stems per square meter), divers fasten huge sheets of plastic, called benthic barriers, to the lake bottom to blot out the...

get one’s bait back

get one’s bait back  v. phr.— «Bain and its co-investors extracted special payments of over $100 million from each company, enabling Bain to make a healthy profit even before re-selling the businesses—a practice known as “getting...

Molly Mormon

Molly Mormon  n.— «When Thomas, owner of LatterDayBride, a bridal store based in Salt Lake City, was looking for wedding dresses in 1997, she couldn’t find anything fashionable with the coverage she wanted. “Anything that was modest...

brown-bag

brown-bag  v.— «On the farm, brown-bagging is the practice of selling harvested, government-protected varieties of seed to other farmers for future planting at discount prices. On Wednesday, in an 8-1 victory for the nation’s seed...

buycott

buycott  n.— «This weekend, business owners are starting what’s called a buycott. They’re asking patrons to shop here and support them in their time of need.» —“Plans Underway for Redevelopment in Sugar House” by Gene...

shut up and color

shut up and color  v. phr.— «Veteran Cathcart and rookie George endure considerable ribbing from the fraternity of airline fliers. Cathcart has been subjected to every lawyer joke ever uttered, while George, as the new kid on the block, is...