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supporter-in-effect

supporter-in-effect  n.— «In the lengthening hall of mirrors created by the war in Iraq, friends become enemies. Legislators who voted against the war are called supporters-in-effect when they try to support the troops without supporting...

free shot

free shot  n.— «The current arrangement also means Baltimore City officials don’t have to give up their seats to run for the legislature or statewide office. The practice is called a “free shot.” McFadden did it in 1986 when...

hangtown fry

hangtown fry  n.— «Out in San Francisco they serve something called a “hangtown fry” that primarily consists of scrambled eggs and fried oysters. And yes, bacon. And I thought that was pushing the envelope.» —“Belly up to...

clearance

clearance  n.— «The 68-year-old theater has seen increased competition from suburban multiplexes over the years and Kiefaber has long decried a movie industry practice known as “clearance,” which he says has threatened his...

green bag nomination

green bag nomination  n.— «The 145 appointments are called “green bag” nominations after the satchel in which the governor’s office delivers them to the state Senate.» —“7 from county are on O’Malley’s nominee...

walk shed

walk shed  n.— «Jeff Drinkwater questioned the fixed half-mile walk shed to transit stops. He asked how much of Baltimore City falls within the walk shed of a transit stop.» —“Technical Committee” Baltimore Regional...