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gronk

gronk  n.— «Delaveris was immediately hooked on prison lingo—and particularly taken with one word, “gronk,” which has myriad meanings. In prison parlance, it’s a derogatory term for inmates used by prison guards. Linguists...

rake

rake  v.— «After almost a century in which anguish has accumulated like autumn leaves, New England wakes up this morning toasting a team that, in the current baseball parlance, really “rakes.”» —“Boston’s long wait finally...

elephant

elephant  n.— «Vale threw a party in Ulan Bator with samba dancers flown in from Brazil to mark the company’s arrival in Mongolia to search for another “elephant”—mining parlance for a big discovery.» —“Ivanhoe Seeks...

jointery

jointery  n.— «Multinational command—known in military parlance as “jointery”—was a vital component of modern warfare.» —“US command of British troops in Iraq ‘business as usual” in London, Eng...

v-film

v-film  n.— «Shimizu debuted in 2000 with two shot-on-video, released-to-video features (“V-films,” in Japanese parlance) called Ju-on (starring Kill Bill’s Chiaki Kuriyama) and Ju-on 2.» —“‘Grudge’ Match” by...

glass ball environment

glass ball environment  n.— «Iraq, in intelligence parlance, was a “glass ball environment,” meaning the weather was often conducive to collecting images from above.» —“Poor Intelligence Misled Troops About Risk of Drawn...

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