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scarlet letter

scarlet letter  n.— «Two senators unveiled a measure Thursday that would require drivers convicted of three drunken-driving offenses in a five-year period, or four within 10 years, to purchase license plates with a number code that police...

soup bunch

soup bunch  n.— «“How do you sell these soup bunches?” said he, picking up a peck measure full of herbs.» —“Hermann and the Hucksters” Waukesha Freeman (Wisc.) Feb. 1, 1883. (source: Double-Tongued...

worm poll

worm poll n. a continuous survey taken of a live audience to measure reactions to a political speech or debate. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

wheeling

wheeling  n.— «The best bill in the whole bunch is A-1660, a comprehensive measure the Senate passed last year. It covers all levels of government and eliminates the back-channel practice known as “wheeling,” which lets...

Fedders house

Fedders house  n.— «Perhaps most vocal among the complainants decrying the development of “Fedders houses,” as they have come to be known, are residents of Bay Ridge, whose neighborhood awaits city approval of a rezoning...

deminibus

deminibus  n.— «After winning his colleagues’ support for a plan to restructure his committee, Cochran said the days of the appropriations omnibus—a measure combining several spending bills—are finished. “We’re not going to have...