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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...

narco-saint

narco-saint  n.— «Jesus Malverde, a legendary crime figure revered as a saint by many of the country’s drug traffickers, has received plenty worshippers since the shrine went up in the capital’s rough Doctores neighborhood.…The so...

barmuda triangle

barmuda triangle n. a concentration of bars or nightclubs on a street, at an intersection, or in a neighborhood. Editorial Note: The number of establishments is often less or more than three. Another popular variant is beermuda triangle...