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Legal Doublets

Part and parcel, indicating an integral component, is one of many legal doublets in English consisting of two words that mean essentially the same thing. Others include law and order, cease and desist, will and testament, sole and exclusive. There...

excessing

excessing  n.— «At the end of the school year, a committee led by one of Warley’s alleged protégés met to discuss moving some of its employees to other schools—a process called “excessing’ —because J.O. Wilson was over its budget...

springboard injunction

springboard injunction  n.— «In this case, the judge granted what is called a “springboard” injunction. The idea of a springboard injunction is to prevent employees taking advantage of previous breaches of contract. In this...

abortuary

abortuary  n.— «Abortion protesters have referred to the clinic as an “abortuary,” but Planned Parenthood officials have said that abortions are expected to account for less than 10 percent of the patients seen at the clinic...

horse teeth floater

horse teeth floater  n.— «Chris Johnson just wants to float horse teeth again, and he’s getting help from the Minnesota chapter of the Institute for Justice. The group filed a lawsuit last week against the Minnesota Board of Veterinary...

mangette

mangette  n.— «As if it wasn’t enough that manga’s hardest-working quartet has yet to finish “X/1999” (Viz), “Legal Drug” (Tokyopop), “Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle” (Del Rey), “XXXHolic” (Del...