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enjo kosai

enjo kosai  n.— «The proliferation of online dating sites has led to a rise in enjo-kosai (“compensated dating”), a euphemism for teen prostitution, in which girls sleep with men they meet in chatrooms in exchange for cash or...

thump mat

thump mat  n.— «‘Thump mats,” as they became known, were handmade by sailors to muffle the sound of the pulleys hitting the wooden deck, for the benefit of those trying to sleep below deck.» —“Need rope? Knot a problem for...

brick it

brick it  v. phr.— «Steve Tilson, the Southend manager, said that he was, as the local parlance would have it, “bricking it.” “I’m not going to sleep from now until the Grimsby game. Grimsby will want to spoil our party...

without keys

without keys  adj.— «He was homeless—without even a car to sleep in. He was, in homeless parlance—”without keys.”» —“Giving homeless vets new hope” by Louise Continelli Buffalo News (N.Y.) Nov...

hikikomori

hikikomori  n.— «Hikikomori has become a major issue in Japan. Loosely translated as “social withdrawal,” hikikomori refers to the state of anomie into which an increasing number of young Japanese seem to fall these days...

AMW

AMW  n.— «He would rarely sleep with friends or colleagues. He preferred to hit on AMWs (actress-model-whatevers) who would do it for a few lines of blow and a bottle of Cristal, or do a casting-couch number.» —“Good Night, Dark...