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shotgunning

shotgunning  v.— «The memorandum, written by Jeb Stuart Magruder, then a White House assistant, to H.R. Haldeman, who was the Presidential chief of staff, said that “shotgunning the media” was not effective.…In the...

disco car

disco car  n.— «Like the mythological “disco cars” of the 70’s, the last cars of certain trains that were supposedly reserved for using and selling drugs, the F is reserved for those who read books reviewed in The New Yorker.» —“Call...

boo word

boo word  n.— «Whatever their politics may be, the students interviewed were not—by their own perceptions—“liberals.” The world [sic] “liberal” has for them become, to use the jargon, a “boo” word, even a term of...

Calvinist Islam

Calvinist Islam  n.— «Calvinist Islam is a term coined by sociologists to describe the Anatolia region’s blend of Muslim religious fervor, hard work and marketplace values.…The region’s mix of Muslim values, hard work and...

sky island

sky island  n.— «As breezes from the Gulf of Mexico lift over the Chiricahua Mountains, an exceptional amount of rain falls on this desert region, which has bee aptly called a “sky island.” The volcanic soil among the rock and...

babysit

babysit  v.— «Some airline industry officials said the proliferation of smaller planes is also a result of airlines’ efforts to protect their slots. In a practice known as “baby-sitting” slots, they are scheduling more frequent flights...

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