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carbon leakage

carbon leakage  n.— «But bowing to pressure from industry lobbies, the commission announced that it would not allow the ETS to preside over “carbon leakage,” an ugly term meaning the relocation of steelworks and the like from Europe...

omega block

omega block  n.— «Northern California has been sitting under what meteorologists commonly refer to as an “omega” block—so named because of its distinctive shape—which features troughs of low pressure both to the west and east of a large...

medically homeless

medically homeless  adj.— «Safety-net facilities take pressure off of emergency rooms by caring for people who are medically homeless, a term for people who don’t have a family doctor.» —“Clinics for the poor have own...

stunt

stunt  v.— «Anthony Johnson, 14, said not having girls around for freshman year “takes the pressure off.” “We don’t have to what I call “stunt” in front of the girls,” he said. “The only thing the...

landing gear

landing gear  v. phr.— «He plugs the air line, emergency line and electrical cables from the cab to the trailer, cranks up the “landing gear” that keeps the trailer moored to the ground, rechecks tags to make sure he’s got the...

squish

squish  n.— «Giuliani is also a pragmatist, which is not to be confused with what rock-ribbed conservative ideologues refer to as a squish. A squish is a moderate—someone who caves to liberal pressure for no reason other than lack of...