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soil nailing

soil nailing  n.— «Workers will use a technique called “soil nailing,” in which long pieces of steel are shot into the ground with a cannon-like device.» —“Section of North Portage Path to close” by Katie...

machineroomless elevator

machineroomless elevator  n.— «Otis has introduced flat hoist belts, made of polyurethane threaded with steel, which are lighter, stronger, and more energy-efficient than the old steel ropes. (Otis gave its employees gifts of belts made...

squish

squish  n.— «All seven were wearing flame-retardant protective clothing and were standing next to the plant’s No. 1 oxygen furnace when they were “hit with this backlash of extreme heat, slag and molten steel,” United...

hippo’s tooth

hippo’s tooth  n.— «At the same time, the cement bollards, affectionately known as “hippo teeth,” will be replaced by historically correct guardrails made of cedar and steel.» —“Mountain rehab is tough trek” by...

elephant cage

elephant cage  n.— «On base is a maze of wire and steel rods laid out over an area larger than a football field. Local people call it “the elephant cage.” It houses one of the most important intelligence-gathering operations...

elephant cage

elephant cage  n.— «A structure similar to a fence of tall steel posts stands out in the distance. “We call that the elephant cage,” an officer says. It is the property of the 6921st Security Wing, a high-power electronic...