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spoil bank

spoil bank  n.— «In the rolling hills just a few miles outside town, a forest of black locust, black cherry and young sugar maple grows from what the locals call spoil banks, mounds of dirt and rock tossed aside by years of strip-mining...

absence labeling

absence labeling  n.— «Critics of the rule argue what is known as “absence labeling’” has worked great for more than a decade. When a producer states something is rbST-free, they are absence labeling. Monsanto believes absence...

black dog syndrome

black dog syndrome  n.— «But black dogs? While searching for a companion for George Bailey, Gregg was shocked to see a banner on an Ohio animal shelter’s Web site that detailed how tough it is for big dogs with black coats to find homes...

Ohio Ring

Ohio Ring  n.— «The New York senator’s plan for victory revolves around duplicating her Ohio victory in four neighbouring states: the so-called Ohio Ring, of Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Each has the same rust-belt...

huckfest

huckfest  n.— Note: Related to the verb huck. «A “huckfest” is a gathering of snowboarders who ride as hard and as wildly as possible.» —“Steele grad jumps onto MTV” by Steve Fogarty Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria...

beer track

beer track  n.— «That’s because Maryland, said Thomas Schaller, associate professor of political science at University of Maryland Baltimore County, has become a “wine track” state, similar to California, New Jersey and...

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