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windowshade

windowshade  n.— «A friend pulled her into a swing-dance move called a death drop. It’s not as suicidal as it sounds—it’s also commonly called a windowshade, “sort of a cross between a dip and a flip.”» —“Swing...

flush tax

flush tax  n.— «The U.S. Department of Defense has agreed to spend $22 million upgrading its wastewater- treatment plants throughout Maryland in lieu of paying the Ehrlich administration’s “flush tax”—a move that ends nearly...

blurple

blurple  adj.— «Cotton knit shirt with long tail, in emerald, black or “blurple.”» —“30-35% off boys’ Red Camel & Ocean Pacific” in advert. News (Frederick, Maryland) Apr. 19, 1994. (source:...

bubble-head

bubble-head  n.— «For those who served on board the storied Maryland, the one that survived Pearl Harbor and distinguished itself at such legendary venues as the Tarawa atoll, Leyte Gulf and Okinawa, no submarine can take the place of...

glory hole

glory hole  n.— «The studio has “reheat furnaces.” “That’s where we do most of our work and the openings in the reheat furnaces are called “glory holes.’”» —“Playing with fire” by Brice...

demoflush

demoflush  n.— «The scientists considered formulas based on city garbage collection, sales tax totals, and fresh water consumption but settled on demoflush “as the most sensitive barometer.” The formula assumes the average...