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postman’s holiday

postman’s holiday  n.— «Wolfley devoted little time to anything outside his work. Even his sight-seeing verged on the “postman’s holiday,” for his walks usually ended at the Cluny Museum, where he examined Guillaume Dupuytren’s...

floriental

floriental  adj.— «Enchanting Celine Dion—The industry calls this a “floriental” scent—an apt term for this somewhat flowery, somewhat woodsy fragrance. $25.99 for 1 ounce, Kohl’s stores.» —“The It List” Plain...

colony collapse disorder

colony collapse disorder  n.— «That is why experts are concerned about an unexpected die-out of a large portion of the bee population this winter. According to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, beekeepers in 24 states—including Ohio—have...

grit pit

grit pit  n.— «Grit pits are pits about 10-feet-by-10-feet wide that run under main sewer lines and catch debris filtered through the main line. The purpose of the plastic-walled pit is to collect debris that would normally accumulate...

walkaway settlement

walkaway settlement  n.— «The original fen-phen suit was filed in Boone County, Ky., Circuit Court and settled when American Home Products, which manufactured and sold the drug combination, put up $200 million in what is called a...

rez car

rez car  n.— «He described his “cat and mouse” tactics: he would purposely allow himself to be seen, and then flee as far as Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia in cars he picked up on the reservations. “Rez cars,” he called them...