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Left in the Lurch

A restaurant manager in Kokomo, Indiana, had an employee who failed to show up for work. This left him wondering about the phrase left in the lurch. It probably derives from an old game similar to backgammon called lourche, the object of which is to...

rollup

rollup  n.— «Patrick Neil, a division manager for Ventura County’s probation department, would not comment on why Avary was removed from the furlough program. “Any causes behind a rollup is not something we can discuss,” Neil...

boss-nap

boss-nap  v.— «Boss-napping—as it is now known—is becoming increasingly common in France, against the fraught backdrop of economic crisis. The chief executive and director of human resources of Sony France were both held hostage by...

scope dope

scope dope  n.— «So what exactly is an air battle manager? The term is new, when I was first in the radar business the title was air weapons controller (sometimes referred to as “scope dope”).» —“Ground TACS (mobile...

outdoor room

outdoor room  n.— «Many of us will be spending our leisure hours in the backyard—what has come to be called the “outdoor room.” “The outdoor room has been a growing trend over the past few years, so the selection, quality...

frost law

frost law  n.— «The Hillsdale County Road Commission announced seasonal weight and speed restrictions will go into effect on county roads as of Monday morning.…Stan Clingerman, Road Commission engineer manager, said the more commonly...