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slipping

slipping  n.— «In the old days, lookouts had to run several blocks to relay their surveillance information; now it’s relayed in a matter of seconds. And it’s not just the whereabouts of a potential murder victim, it’s whether the potential...

liar’s loan

liar’s loan  n.— «With the advent of “no-doc” and “stated-income” loans—sometimes dubbed the “liar’s loan”—versus full-income disclosure, lenders increasingly face potential exposure to a smorgasbord of...

CSI effect

CSI effect  n.— «Lawyers, for their part, are taking steps to counter what they call the “C.S.I. effect,” when juries become overly impressed by forensic evidence. During jury selection, it is not uncommon for them to ask potential jurors...

squirrel guard

squirrel guard  n.— «Spidery-looking bits of metal and inexpensive pieces of plastic are at the heart of one of the most important strategies Entergy Texas has to prevent power outages. Commonly called squirrel guards, more than 100,000 of...

prospiracy

prospiracy  n.— «The notion of plotting evil in secret prompted Mr Stuart Hansman, of Cronulla, to write to Dr W.S.Ramson, editor of the Australian National Dictionary. He felt that there was a huge potential for good in practising the...

fart in a mitten

fart in a mitten  n.— «Many, many thanks (personal to follow) to all who helped me clarify a list of potential sayings for my Prince Edward Island collection.…busy as a fart in a mitten.» —“Offensive sayings ‘from’...

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