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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...

lily-pad

lily-pad  n.— «At Nordson, Mr. Madar has been using what he terms a “lily pad to lily pad” growth strategy, jumping from one new market to another nearby one “rather than leap across the pond or into an entirely different...

burp

burp  v.— «The firefighters have a technique called “burping the suit” that involves pulling open the neck of the Mustang, then crouching down to force excess air out of the suit. The technique prevents the suit from ballooning...

starvation corner

starvation corner  n.— «It would be hard for me to shift from the barracks to BOQ. In the officers’ mess, I would be all the way down to starvation corner, at the end of the table. I’d rather be the senior enlisted man.» —“Tall, Tough...