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epiphany risk

epiphany risk  n.— «What is “epiphany risk?” Davos is full of bankers but this term is of recent enough vintage—and its humor black enough—that Howard Davies could get some good laughs when he gave the definition. “The sudden realization...

jackpot baby

jackpot baby  n.— «Our preseason favorite: Rep. Russell Pearce’s plan to deny birth certificates to kids born to people who entered the country illegally. Guess Russell thinks the rule of immigration law is now far more important than the...

rent-a-cow

rent-a-cow  attrib.— «Just last week, Governor Rose Mofford signed a bill aimed at stopping developers like Keating from using a “rent a cow” tax dodge.» —“Charles Keating: What A Political Animas” by Jana...

MAWG

MAWG  n.— «Middle aged white guy’s (MAWG’s) political catharsis, continued: enraged by seeming police tolerance of intimidation, and fuming about corporate welfare (both as manifested in the entirely unlikely community of Harvard, IL) MAWG...

lean forward

lean forward  v. phr.— «We took that a step further, and now we have cooperative targeting to begin with, what we call federated targeting. So I think the intelligence community has really leaned forward to help us.» —“U.S. Senate...

ditch

ditch v. especially in the phrase ditch in line, to unfairly take a place in front of others (in a line); to cut or butt (in line); to jump a queue. Editorial Note: Also infrequently given as dish. This term is particularly common in Ohio. Political...