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spike

spike  n.— «Seibelman raises maggots, commonly known in ice-fishing parlance as “spikes,” or, perhaps a bit more technically accurate, fly larva. Not just any fly larva, Seibelman says; he produces larva from large blow flies...

off the range

off the range  adj.— «Avner makes the tough decision to leave behind his pregnant wife, relinquish his identity and go completely underground—“off the range,” in CIA parlance.» —“Best of 2005: Movies—Munich” by Brent...

plant the flag

plant the flag  v. phr.— «The early days saw intense competition among aid agencies eager to “plant the flag”—aid community parlance for showing quick results.» —“One year after, Aceh is testament to the successes—and...

rorikon

rorikon  n.— «Hagino was inspired to turn his relationship with the alleged victim from friendship to fiendship because of a “Rorikon,” the contracted Japanese word for “Lolita Complex,” the local parlance for...

homette

homette  n.— «The man…has been living beachside in Adelaide in a cream-brick semi, called in South Australian parlance a “homette.” It is a modest abode, where the small loungeroom has just one small concession to...

12-9

12-9  n.— «Based on the dozens of cases of people struck by subway trains each year—events known in transit parlance by the code 12-9—it is easy to speculate on what their last week must have been like.» —“What the Motorman...

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