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passablanc

passablanc  adj.—Gloss: in New Orleans, being of mixed race but presenting oneself as a white person. «Ms. Broyard learned the Creole word for the way her father had lived: passablanc. To this day virtually all Creoles are related to or at...

mug trainer

mug trainer  n.— «From the stable of newcomers Russell and Robyn Rogers who own the Rodmor Stud in Waikato and call themselves “mug trainers,” Veloz did not race at 2 or 3.» —“Racing: NSW hoop scores at...

top tub

top tub  n.— «The best spot to advertise on a Formula 1 car is the “top tub” or bonnet [hood] to use a layman’s term. This is mainly due to the use of the on-board footage during the race coverage.» —“The Circuit: How...

balloon glow

balloon glow  n.— «The race features a “balloon glow” spectacular the evening before. The competing balloons set up before sunset, blowing their torches up into the expanded balloons just as night falls while still sitting on...

protest room

protest room  n.— «Unfortunately, protests are an integral part of racing, and this scene is all too common, especially at Key West Race Week where 260 highly competitive boats push hard to win races. The sailing is usually aggressive;...

tote the note

tote the note  v. phr.— «Fred Smith, founder and chief executive officer of Memphis-based Federal Express, is the name that comes to everyone’s lips when asked what advantage the city has in the race for an NFL expansion team. “Fred...