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runaway

runaway  n.— «As it happens, a fair number of those imported film projects (or “runaways,” as the California film industry calls movies that shoot elsewhere) aren’t exactly blockbusters or critics award-caliber works...

lummi stick

lummi stick  n.— «Youngsters will learn to cook with a stick over an open fire, make a “lummi stick”—a cylindrical percussion instrument—and add a few words to their vocabulary from the WaWa jargon, a pidgin once used by Oregon...

springing clause

springing clause  n.— «When the county adopted its historic building code amendments, it did so with what’s called a “springing clause,” i.e., one that springs into action if a certain contingency is met.» —“Historic sites key...

zoo-bombing

zoo-bombing  n.— «A daring Portland ritual sent one woman to the hospital earlier this week and brought attention to a fad often referred to as “zoo bombing.” Zoo bombing is when cyclists barrel down a hill as fast as they can, like the...

green scare

green scare  n.— «Multiple indictments have already been issued in these cases as part of a broad nationwide round-up of environmental and animal rights activists called “Operation Backfire” by the FBI, and colloquially...

bellidge

bellidge  adj.— «I laughed my ass off, I cried, I downed nasty punk-made absinthe, I got bellidge, I got mooned.» —“The Report from Portland: “Liberal kids running amok”” by Colleen in Portland...