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Egg On

Why do we speak of trying to egg on a person, meaning to urge them to do something? Martha explains that the egg in this case has nothing to do with chickens. This kind of “egg” is derives from an old root that means to “urge on...

enhanced chicken

enhanced chicken  n.— «People shouldn’t be paying chicken prices for saltwater. But some unscrupulous poultry producers add as much as 15 percent saltwater—and then have the gall to label such pumped-up poultry products “natural.” Some in...

surface bargaining

surface bargaining  n.— «Despite the union vote by the plant’s largely Guatemalan immigrant workers, Case Farms has resorted to what is called “surface bargaining,” in which they pretend to bargain, but actually just waste time with low...

chicken cutlet

chicken cutlet  n.— «“Chicken cutlets” is the name for silicone pads that women (indeed, virtually all actresses and models) slip into their bras to make their bust appear larger and perkier. They’re called “chicken...

meat diaper

meat diaper  n.— «For instance, a peptide-dye conjugate sandwiched between two membranes could be placed in diapers on which chicken, pork or meat rest in packages. The biosensor would offer consumers an easy-to-comprehend visual signal...