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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...

five-day weekend

five-day weekend  n.— «Coming in third place was the Paramount Pictures” family fantasy “The Spiderwick Chronicles” which had about $27 million in box office sales for what the movie industry calls a five-day weekend...

pre-bay

pre-bay  adj.— «Even among those who collect old-fashioned memorabilia such as posters and autographs, the market seems to be somewhat down. Marc Zakarin, president of the Huntington, N.Y.-based memorabilia house It’s Only Rock and Roll...