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heater

heater  n.— «Hill pointed out police had called Superintendent Richard Pennington within a half-hour of the shooting, calling it evidence that “this case was a heater from the beginning.”» —“Teen Guilty Of Murder Outside...

fais do-do

fais do-do  n.— «Despite the album’s throwback ethos, the boys in the band keep things hopping—”fais-do-do-ing,” in New Orleans parlance.» —“CD Reviews: Jay-Z and Linkin Park, Alison Krauss, Handsome Boy Modeling School...

Big Apple

Big Apple  n.— «So many people have asked the writer about the derivation of his phrase, “the big apple,” that he is forced to make another explanation. New Orleans has called it to his mind again. A number of years back, when...

Big Apple

Big Apple  n.— «The Big Apple. The dream of every lad that ever threw a leg over a thoroughbred and the goal of all horsemen. There’s only one Big Apple. That’s New York. Two dusky stable hands were leading a pair of thoroughbred around...

red seat

red seat  n.— «Charlie Melancon’s victory in the bayou region of Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District proved that Democrats could win seats held by Republicans, or as he called them, “red seats.”» —“Democrats put best...

witches’ knickers

witches’ knickers  n.pl.— «Alaskans call them “tundra ghosts” and “landfill snowbirds.” In China, they’re “white pollution.” South Africans have sarcastically dubbed them their “national flower...

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