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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...

open up daylight

open up daylight  v. phr.— «Bellamy Road, who not only opened up daylight (that’s equine parlance for “a can of whoop-ass”) on his rivals at last weekend’s Wood Memorial (huh, you said…Oh, shut it) but also broke a 13...

con-tel

con-tel  n.— «The fully furnished modular units would be sold as condominiums, but would be rented out when not used by their owners. Town officials have referred to it as a “con-tel,” short for condominium and hotel...

car porn

car porn  n.— «Mr. Foose is the Vargas of the custom-car world, a gifted artist who begins each project by drawing a visionary, airbrushed version of what he has in mind: a low-riding dreamboat usually, with a hood scoop, chromed headers...

scrumptulescent

scrumptulescent  adj.— «In Act 2, the crew at West Coast Customs, a Los Angeles shop, filmed sometimes at fast-forward speed, strips the vehicle to bare metal and then renders it “scrumptulescent,” as Xzibit would say...