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train

train  n.— «The police call it the Neighborhood Enforcement Stabilization Task Force, a unit charged with aggressively enforcing quality-of-life crimes, but people in the neighborhood ominously refer to it as “the train...

potto

potto  n.— «An elderly woman from the Barelas neighborhood tells of her alarm when her mother threatened to put the potto (“duck” in Spanish, “teapot” in Spanglish) on the stove burner.» —“Program preserves...

bank

bank  v.— «The Bella Vista Boys—named, in a fashion, after the Baltimore neighborhood Belle Vista—didn’t just blame Rabb, they “banked” him, or ganged up on him to teach him a lesson.» —“Schoolyard squabble ends in boy’s...

gank

gank  n.— «Duane Beason, 35, of the 200 block of West 18th Street, was charged after police accused him of trying to sell undercover officers “gank,” a street term for something that looks like drugs but isn’t, at the...