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murf

murf  n.— «The company wants to build a materials reclamation facility (a “murf,” in waste parlance) that would allow it to mechanically sort and process vast amounts of debris. Then Potomac would mine the landfill’s contents...

metal play

metal play  n.— «In industry parlance, the plane deals are called “metal plays.” After 9/11, when airlines started returning planes to creditors or demanding substantially lower lease rates, a few hedge funds saw an...

sweeper

sweeper  n.— «Trees reaching out over the flow—”sweepers” in river parlance—are the dread of all whitewater paddlers, whether in a canoe, a kayak or a raft.» —“The river is wet and wild, yet safety is canoe club’s No. 1...

squeefully

squeefully  adv.— «It was, in the parlance of the fandom, “squeefully” exciting.» —“Visiting the set of ‘Harry Potter’ (part 1)” by Cheeser Harry Potter Automatic News Aggregator May 22, 2007. (source:...

high-low

high-low  adj.— «What strikes you first are the musicians—most are African American, and on this night, they are decked out in, to use street parlance, “high-low”—blazers over T-shirts and jeans instead of penguin suits and...

cover

cover  n.— «Many restaurants serve twice as many “covers” (that’s diners in kitchen parlance) as they do in a normal shift. That puts an amazing strain on everyone—reservationists, prep cooks, chefs, bartenders, servers—even...

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