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Darth Vader device

Darth Vader device  n.— «Losing weight can sometimes eliminate the condition, as can surgery on the back of the throat, but the standard treatment is to wear an “air splint,” a breathing mask that covers the nose and mouth and...

jingly

jingly  n.— «Strictly speaking, Jinglies are the lorries, often carefully painted, that Afghans use to carry goods into the base. In reality, however, “Jinglies” is what soldiers in Afghanistan have taken to calling the locals...

double back

double back  v.— «We had to adjust our schedule…and it was not only a monetary but a physical strain. A lot of officers had to double back, or come back to work after being off for four hours.» —“State weighs payment to police...

Saddam’s revenge

Saddam’s revenge  n.— «Though Mr. Ross’s life was never imperiled during his tour, he managed to contract a particularly nasty strain of dysentery, which American soldiers call Saddam’s Revenge.» —“With ‘Patriot Act,’ Jeffrey Ross...

hump strap

hump strap  n.— «The second is a trick I use to make moving furniture easier on your back. Fold your 25-foot extension cord into fourths…, creating a 6-foot “hump strap.” This allows you to pick up and move heavy objects, like this...

mini-job

mini-job  n.— «Then there’s the prospect of a “mini-job,” also known as a one euro job. As of January 1, the long-term unemployed will begin to be offered work of up to 30 hours a week carrying out some sort of socially...

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