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sky weed

sky weed  n.— «Happy Valley had two other pluses: the absence of a homeowners association, “which adds another layer of bureaucracy and red tape,” and a dearth of palm trees (“sky weeds,” as Schroeder calls them)...

hurricane cut

hurricane cut  n.— «Removing flower and fruit clusters is also fine. This debris can be messy and also potentially hazardous. This removal also reduces the number of weedy palm seedlings that could sprout up around the base. Overpruning...

speed money

speed money  n.— «Another term widely used at border crossings is “expediting fee.” For a euphemism it is surprisingly accurate: paying it will keep your bags, and perhaps your contraband, from being dumped onto a floor and sifted...

broham

broham  n.— «“This here’s my main man, ‘Broham.'” He held out his palm to Leon and said, “Give me five Brohammer. What’s goin awn?”» —by Carmen O. Melillo Love, Blood, & Honor Aug. 13, 2002. (source:...

game face

game face  n.— «He slumped in his chair, rested his head on the palm of his extended arm, and glared at the 20 or so mostly black male job seekers who gathered on a recent Monday, the first day of a four-week job-readiness training program...

opium bed

opium bed  n.— «The Backyard is punctuated with palm trees and so-called opium beds, which resemble open-sided concrete pillboxes and feature upholstered mattresses and flat-screen TVs. During the height of swim season, the poolside opium...

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