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Rule of Thumb Origin

Where does rule of thumb come from? The idiom referring to a practical measure based on experience was never actually a law, though it does pop up in legal opinions suggesting that it’d be okay to let a man beat his wife if the stick was less...

hover pit

hover pit  n.— «The F-35B is currently undergoing crucial tests in what is known as a hover pit. As Tomlinson explains, a hover pit is a specialized testing facility designed to measure the performance of a STOVL aircraft on the ground...

golden coffin

golden coffin  n.— «On a related measure sponsored by The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Pension Plan Fund, voters defeated a proposal to end death benefits, also known as “golden coffins,” granted...

Texas ratio

Texas ratio  n.— «In banking, distress can be gauged by comparing the amounts of delinquent loans and other nonperforming assets on the books against capital and loan-loss reserves—a measure known in the industry as a “Texas ratio.” A...

gazelle

gazelle  n.— «An important measure, especially if you’re interested in job creation and economic impact, is the measure of high-growth start-ups, popularly called “gazelles.” What the creators of this measure understood is that...

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