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per piece manning

per piece manning  n.— «In fire safety circles, “per piece manning” is the term for the approach that the union and mayor have endorsed in negotiations to settle a contract that expired last July. McKay explained how “per...

Bismarks

A California man remembers going to the neighborhood bakery back home in Illinois and ordering bismarks. But these days he rarely hears this term for jelly doughnut, and wonders about its origin. This is part of a complete episode.

vein brother

vein brother  n.—Gloss: a man with whom you get high on injected drugs, especially if you share a needle. «But nothing in their records, or in their daily appearances around the neighborhood, could foretell what became the macabre final...

ballhawk

ballhawk  n.— «The neighborhood around Wrigley Field, called Wrigleyville, is filled with fans on game day. Ballhawks, as they are called, wait on Waveland Avenue to catch home runs during the game.» —“Wrigley Field ivy turns...

door-knocker

door-knocker  n.— «Then we break up into teams, and it’s into the vans again. Cathy and Olivera, my team leaders, drive us out to a neighborhood that goes by the name of “14D” on our map, and we’re let off with lists of registered...

garaging

garaging  n.— «Woodburn told the crowd that the increasingly popular practice known as “garaging”—in which a group of teens scours a neighborhood at night in search of unlocked garage doors with access to refrigerators filled...

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