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slab

slab  v.— «One problem is lack of evidence. Many homes were, in post-Katrina parlance, “slabbed,” wiped away down to their flat, concrete foundations.» —“The Gulf Coast grapples with insurance suits” by Liam...

rod buster

rod buster  n.— «Former world’s welterweight boxing champion, Fritzie Zivic of Pittsburgh now is a “rod buster” for the Penn Southern Construction Company.» —Hammond Times (Indiana) June 3, 1952. (source: Double...

Couric clause

Couric clause  n.— «The provision prompted an intensive lobbying effort from businesses, especially executives in the entertainment industry and Wall Street, who feared that competitive information about their star performers would be...

beep-beep speed

beep-beep speed  n.— «Dwight Stone was an absolute blur during his playing days with the Steelers, possessing what former coach Chuck Noll liked to refer to as “beep-beep speed,” the type possessed seemingly only by the Road...

jag someone off

jag someone off  v. phr.— «“We don’t make any money,” says Weisbecker, who charges $3.39 for the sandwich. “But,” he says, deploying a western Pennsylvania euphemism for pulling someone’s, er, leg, “we do like to jag people off...

underbanked

underbanked  adj.— «During the past few years, Wal-Mart has been selling financial products to low-income customers who may shop in its stores, but don’t have relationships with traditional banks—those that the industry defines as the...