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rabbit

rabbit  n.— «What are the white lights called that lead down to the runway? They look like stair steps.…They are part of an approach lighting system that also has sequenced flashing lights sometimes referred to as a “rabbit...

dead rubber

dead rubber  n.— «In Davis Cup parlance, it’s called a “dead rubber,” which has nothing to do with the soles of the players’ sneakers. Andy Roddick having spanked Razvan Sabau in straight sets, giving the Americans an insurmountable 3-1...

rubber-hose cryptoanalysis

rubber-hose cryptoanalysis  n.— «If found by authorities, that anti-filter software can lead to coercive interrogation, a bid to uncover the suspect’s Internet travel secrets using a tactic known to insiders as “rubber-hose...

clip

clip  v.— «Afleet Alex, charging from the middle of the pack to second place, made his move for the lead when front-runner Scrappy T veered suddenly into his path. Their heels “clipped”—which is horse racing parlance for...

degron

degron  n.— «Mutations in these sequences (or “degrons” as they are called) prevent Gli1 degradation, causing, rather, the Gli1 protein to accumulate, and lead to accelerated tumorigenesis. Mutations in these sequences (or...

ponytail

ponytail  n.— «In ponytail parlance, I don’t hear a hit, and the decaffeinated reaction to the lead single, the “Peter Gunn” homage “Juicebox,” suggests that I’m not alone.» —“Onward Into the...