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ghost soldier

ghost soldier  n.— «The phrase “ghost soldiers” has a negative connotation in Army parlance—a reference to the administrative practice of filling units with names on paper, but not actual able-bodied soldiers.» —“Troops...

hocker

hocker  n.— «“Hocker” has since seeped into our lingo. The catch phrase has come to connote the student in the know, who rubs elbows with the higher-ups at Yeshiva, often organizing Yeshiva events and programs. The proverbial hocker...

zeitgeber

zeitgeber  n.— «Light and temperature are the only periodic or quasi-periodic environmental variables to which endogenous oscillation can be coupled: in nature they entrain the endogenous oscillation, thereby controlling period and...

drying rock

drying rock  n.— «At a stakeholders meeting convened Wednesday by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative at the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis, many of the experts heard a new phrase for the first time: “drying rocks.” It...

jitterbug

jitterbug  n.— «The clubs started putting the phrase “no jits” on the flyers—”jit” being short for “jitterbug,” Detroit slang for gangsta.» —by Simon Reynolds Generation Ecstasy July, 1999...

mama put

mama put  n.— «Mama-put: Road side food seller so called because customers frequently beg for extra helpings by saying “Mama abeg put more now.”» —by Babawilly Babawilly’s Dictionary of Pidgin English Words and...