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facade-ectomy

facade-ectomy  n.— «To be sure, shaving away everything but the facade of a building has been done before. In 1989, architects Moriyama & Teshima jammed a modern office building at 10 S. LaSalle St. with blue and lime green walls...

tele-town hall

tele-town hall  n.— «The congressman was in his office in Washington; his constituents were in their homes. With the help of technology, though, Davis was able to chat with a large segment of the people he represents. Voters, in turn, were...

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...

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