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rat goof

rat goof  n.— «In previous court appearances, Semchuk frequently hurled invectives at both the Crown and judge, often referring to them as “rat goofs” and “incompetent.”» —“Crown wants Semchuk deemed dangerous...

Dance at Two Weddings

This week’s “Slang This!” contestant tries to decipher the slang phrases dance at two weddings and put the big pot in the little pot. She also shares her own favorite slang terms for crumb crusher, rug rat and ankle biter. By the...

rat hole

rat hole  n.— «The intervening space between tire and wheel well is sometimes called the dead cat hole, according to Peter Davis, director of interior design for global compact utility vehicles at G.M. More colorful and less formal terms...

enta

enta  n.— «They’re not prisoners, they’re “detainees.” It sounds better, as if they’re merely inconvenienced rather than shoehorned into cinderblock cells, thumbing their military-issued Korans and waiting to be interrogated...

amigo checking

amigo checking  n.— «Oakland is witnessing a rising crime trend of young “rat packs” preying on poor, often undocumented immigrants who carry their cash with them, according to a new police report. The street term is...

chain-linking

chain-linking  n.— «Mather smells a rat in all this tinkering, convinced it’s a statistical conspiracy, designed to show Scottish output in the best possible light, when once dominant sectors, like electronics mass assembly, wither away...

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