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trailing spouse

trailing spouse  n.— «Another personnel man remembers the promising executive he lost because her husband was a dentist who couldn’t find a good practice to join in the area. To cope with this problem, some 150 northern New Jersey...

3,000-mile screwdriver

3,000-mile screwdriver  n.— «How about some detail of the engine? EFI? Q-jet? or what…3000 mile screwdriver with no details.» —“Re: Gas Pig—Where To Start?” Usenet: rec.autos.4×4 Nov. 12, 1996. (source:...

crisscross applesauce

crisscross applesauce  adj.— «The youngsters no longer fidget during circle time. Instead, they quietly sit with legs neatly folded in front of them—”crisscross applesauce” in the parlance of preschool—and participate in the...

five and fly

five and fly  n.— «In his last start, Byrd (4-2, 7.10 ERA) did a five and fly, giving up two runs, five hits and only one walk in a 15-3 win over Boston.» —“Indians break out the big bats” by Sheldon Ocker Akron Beacon...

beater

beater  n.— «The primary target for hunters are so-called “beater” harp seals—older pups that have shed their whitecoats and are weaned from their mothers. The seals are called beaters because they’re not yet swimming and if...

tache d’huile

tache d’huile  n.— «Gallieni called this carefully coordinated military and social strategy the tache d’huile, the oil spot. Start out and carefully secure a hundred such bases and you are on your way to conquering a country.» —by...

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