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spinny

spinny  n.— «So is being a “spinny”—modern parlance for spinsterhood—such a bad thing?» —“The new singletons: Not so young, but free and single” by Liz Hoggard Independent (United Kingdom) Apr...

strike-below

strike-below  n.— «Under the re-written bill, called a “strike-below” in legislative parlance, the new 9-member authority would be a political subdivision of the state, not a new state agency. One of its first duties would be to convene...

bean shoot

bean shoot  n.— «Only a few weeks shy of parole in 1995, Andre found himself confined to a cell with walls the color of Pepto-Bismol. He received his meals through a slit in the door known in prison parlance as a “bean shoot”;...

hooking

hooking  n.— «There was bickering among players across the net at several matches with players from one team accusing players from the other team of deliberately making incorrect calls—“hooking” in tennis parlance.» —“Aragon holds on...

tele-town hall

tele-town hall  n.— «The congressman was in his office in Washington; his constituents were in their homes. With the help of technology, though, Davis was able to chat with a large segment of the people he represents. Voters, in turn, were...

shotgun start

shotgun start  n.— «After the mandatory pit stop, teams set out for the next keg in their sequence. In golf parlance, a shotgun start is used, meaning everyone begins at a different point.» —“Crossage players claim streets in 500-year...

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