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Verbing Nouns

Is it okay to make a verb out of a noun? Yes! It’s estimated that twenty percent of English verbs started as nouns. Just think of the head-to-toe mnemonic: you can head off a problem, face a situation, nose around, shoulder responsibility...

dead arm

dead arm  n.— «Smith started Sunday against his former club, the Athletics, but left after 1 2/3 innings (three hits, five runs, three earned runs, two walks) and said after the contest he has been suffering from shoulder inflammation...

pork flap

pork flap  n.— «You have to start with the right cut of meat—pork belly. In our part of the world, we refer to it as pork flap; so when you go to get your meat to try either or both of these recipes, ask for the pork flap. Both of the...

escort hold

escort hold  n.— «To get him to leave, Hyra gripped Abraha’s clothing at the shoulder with one hand and his wrist with another, a police technique known as the “escort hold,” he said.» —“Bloody ‘obstruction’ arrest leads...

horse collar

horse collar  n.— «A few years back the NFL initiated the “Roy Williams Rule,” banning the tackling of a player by grabbing the inside of the shoulder pads, or jersey from behind. This practice is affectionately known as the...

scuffling

scuffling  v.— «RHP Jay Powell was scuffling the first month of the season. He was coming off a poor 2000 during which he spent most of the time on the DL. He had season-ending shoulder surgery in August and had a spotty spring...

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