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handkerchief head

handkerchief head  n.— «New York Rep. Gregory Meeks, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, told Harold Ickes, “You don’t understand what it’s like. We get called “house Negro” and “handkerchief head” by...

back up the truck

back up the truck  v. phr.— «The safety of these securities caused financial firms to load upon on them (“back up the truck,” in Wall Street parlance). They were considered so safe that financial firms used borrowed funds to buy more, and...

combat shower

combat shower  n.— «”Combat showers” are four minutes or less to conserve water, barely enough time to wash off all the sand and dust.» —“A Long Way From The Sea” by Jennifer Grogan in Camp Bucca, Iraq  TheDay...

sandbox sailor

sandbox sailor  n.— «The official term for Navy people in Army jobs is “individual augmentees” but they call themselves “sandbox sailors.”» —“A Long Way From The Sea” by Jennifer Grogan in Camp Bucca, Iraq  TheDay...

money good

money good  adj.— «Although many of the assets and issuers backing these securities are solid, or “money good” in Wall Street parlance, the mechanics of the auction-rate securities market as well as the continuing credit squeeze give...

drive to qualify

drive to qualify  v. phr.— «In real estate parlance, families like the McCauslands “drive to qualify” for a mortgage; the big house they want is affordable only in far-out communities.» —“Long commutes, gas prices crimping...