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anticipointment

anticipointment  n.— «It’s what I call “anticipointment.” […] You can’t make a promise and then have people feel you broke it, or you’re worse off than when you started. So now they just need to live up to it.» —“B...

yellow bird

yellow bird  n.— «For another, ward leaders have been known to take street money from candidates, promise support and then not deliver. There is a name for this, too. These ward leaders are called “yellow birds,” after the old airline...

surplusing

surplusing  n.— «The employees will have the opportunity to “follow the work,” as AT&T puts it, thus skirting a promise it made in its current contract with the union not to engage in “surplusing,” which is...

song sharking

song sharking  n.— «The personals are full of them; want ads promising easy fame and fortune for people with undiscovered talent. Music industry neophytes show up, audition, and receive every promise under the sun, if they put up a little...

helicopter research

helicopter research  n.— «I made them a promise that we weren’t going to practice what is known as “helicopter research,” where you go into a community, get your research data, publish a paper and walk away.» —“Two...

relocatable

relocatable  n.— «n an industrial lot alongside Pike Road, amid steel frames and giant cranes, is where portables are born. The concrete cottages that go together like an erector set and promise more permanence are finding their way to...