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wireline

wireline  n.— «Although the Federal Communications Commission requires such capabilities of all wireline and wireless carriers who provide phone service in the same local calling areas within major markets, Verizon wouldn’t say whether it...

sim con

sim con  n.— «But several customers wandered off to look at other cars: DeVilles with vinyl and fabric tops. “They’re sim cons,” said Elliott Moorman, a salesman. “Simulated convertibles. The factory doesn’t do those...

takeout

takeout  n.— «In the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, for example, Churchill Downs will return to bettors at the track about 82 cents of every dollar wagered in the form of winnings. The remaining 18 cents, known as the takeout, will be used to...

rebate shop

rebate shop  n.— «He bets through what are called rebate shops, which are off-shore, on Indian reservations or in states with fewer regulations. Rebate shops offer from 4 percent to 10 percent back on every dollar wagered—win or lose...

whale

whale  n.— «In horseplaying parlance, Maury Wolff is a whale, one of the thousand or so professional bettors who collectively wager as much as $1.5 billion a year on thoroughbred races in the United States. He will not attend the Kentucky...

bleeding deacon

bleeding deacon  n.— «“If anything is going to destroy A.A.,” says Dr. John Norris, a nonalcoholic physician, friend of Bill Wilson’s and for many years chairman of A.A.‘s board of trustees, “it will be what I call the...