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flash bang

flash bang  n.— «Police Capt. Cunningham cited a December drug raid in which a woman was killed when a police diversionary explosive device, commonly known as a “flash bang,” was hurled into a rock house. Other officers...

big voice

big voice  n.— «When there is an attack, a siren goes off that sounds like the air raid sirens in the movies. Then, there a speaker system we call “Big Voice” that directs everyone to “take cover.”» —“NGAC 1st...

interview without coffee

interview without coffee  n.— «Eighteen Taliban were killed and dozens wounded and taken prisoner. I imagine they will be given a fair but tough interrogation—what the lads call interview without coffee.» —“Daring raid fails to nab...

dry hole

dry hole  n.— «The Sunday night raid was what soldiers here call a “dry hole.” They received an intelligence tip, and it led to nothing.» —“Soldiers in Sunni Town Run Into Wall of Silence” by Josh White in...

cross-decking

cross-decking  n.— «Neither did, a Navy officer said, adding that five years ago these ships were “cross-decking” vital equipment, or trading it back and forth, because there weren’t sufficient supplies for both.» —“U.S...

IED

IED  v.— «“If they i.e.d. you in this thing, there won’t be enough of you left to package up and send home,” a Marine sergeant said earlier this week, as he showed embedded reporters to one of three open-backed Humvees assigned to a...

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