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break late

break late  v. phr.— «In Illinois, at least, large numbers of black voters tend to take their time making up their minds. In political parlance, they “break late.”» —“Why Obama will surprise national political...

dental casualty

dental casualty  n.— «“In Desert Storm there were 35,000 dental casualties,” military parlance for soldiers who could not perform their duties because of problems with their teeth.» —“N.J. units prepare for active duty in...

gub

gub  v.— «A “gubbing,” in Betfair Forum parlance, is when a horse gets turned over at short prices on the in-running markets. Horses get “gubbed” all the time on the win markets, Flat and jumps, including at the...

strike off wastage

strike off wastage  n.— «It could also be expected that one or two aircraft will be routinely lost per 10,000 flying hours, due to what is termed “strike off wastage,” or accidents, in common parlance. The total bill therefore...

meter

meter  n.— «“Thirty meters. Take it or leave it!” said a vendor who gave his name only as Ephraim. In street parlance, a million Zimbabwe dollars is a meter.» —“Impoverished Mozambique becomes new shopping destination for...

north-south skill

north-south skill  n.— «What’s most impressive is Grice-Mullins” ability to always move forward—”north-south” skills, in football parlance.» —“No. 16 Warriors are focusing on final four foes” by Stephen...

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