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creeping crud

creeping crud  n.— «The Republican state representative from Williamson County, interviewed at his Capitol office last week, for 10 days or so had been fighting what some people call the creeping crud, a debilitating mixture of cold, flu...

government ugly

government ugly  adj.— «Architects need to be reminded to keep their signatures, or personal style, off the building, which can sometimes drive up costs, Peach said. Instead, he reminds them to keep buildings “government ugly,”...

free shot

free shot  n.— «The current arrangement also means Baltimore City officials don’t have to give up their seats to run for the legislature or statewide office. The practice is called a “free shot.” McFadden did it in 1986 when...

green bag nomination

green bag nomination  n.— «The 145 appointments are called “green bag” nominations after the satchel in which the governor’s office delivers them to the state Senate.» —“7 from county are on O’Malley’s nominee...

room-service story

room-service story  n.— «First, Carl Pavano enclosed himself in a small office in the Legends Field home clubhouse Friday, and a few minutes later, at 12:57, Mike Mussina joined his estranged teammate. And that is what people in the media...

French toast day

French toast day  n.— «Cathy Davis, an office employee at Way-Mart grocery store, Pottsville, said the store was packed Monday with customers preparing for what store employees refer to as “a French toast day.” “I’ve been here 10 years,”...