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Dutch Doors

A door divided across the middle so that the bottom half stays closed while the top half opens is known as a Dutch door, a stable door, or a half-door. Some people informally call it a Mr. Ed door, named after a TV series popular in the 1960’s...

Cooter Brown

Who is Cooter Brown? And just how high is he? His name appears in lots of phrases, including “high as Cooter Brown,” “drunk as Cooter Brown,” “dead as Cooter Brown,” “fast as Cooter Brown,” and...

simming

simming  n.—Gloss: From “simulating.” «It took a room full of networked computers called a “render farm” to do in about 14 months what would have taken a single machine 16 years: churn out digital scenes precisely modeled after...

secret squirrel mission

secret squirrel mission  n.— «The detail protects the governor, the lieutenant governor, visiting dignitaries and other elected officials deemed to be at risk. But Mr. Wiese so frequently dispatched members of the detail to other duties...

cuffing

cuffing  n.— «Cheaters can be a problem, Mr. Crum said. Some cheats prefer a method called “cuffing,” in which “loaded” dice, weighted to land on a certain number, are slipped into a pant leg and stealthily pulled out during a game...