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Mollie’s measure

Mollie’s measure  n.— «The current federal poverty threshold was developed in the 1960s by Mollie Orshansky, an economist with the Social Security Administration, who based her number on a 1955 Department of Agriculture study that said low...

deep time

deep time  n.— «Johnson says. Just two years ago, Johnson paid little attention to global warming. He works in what scientists call “deep time”—when time is measure in millions of years. Until recently, there wasn’t much belief that...

computon

computon  n.—Gloss: in information technology, a measure of power or capacity of devices or systems such as storage, networks, or computer processors. Note: The more common spelling is “computron.” «A computon is a measurement...

cram-down

cram-down  n.— «Paulson, run by former Bear Stearns (BSC) investment banker John Paulson, stands to rake in a windfall if the measure passes. The key bill, introduced last month, would allow federal judges to restructure mortgage terms and...

flake

flake  n.— «I took a large flake of hay and laid it on some rails which I had fixed for that purpose, and creeped under it, to shelter myself, in some small measure, from the rain.» —by Stephen Burroughs Memoirs of the Notorious...

tote a note

tote a note  v. phr.— «Robinson and Hancock, who owns his own tow truck and is self-employed, accompany each other as much as possible for an extra measure of safety. Many of the cars they pick up are for “tote-a-note” lots...

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