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frailing

frailing  n.— «Among country and bluegrass musicians, Mr. Martin is regarded as a master of a difficult five-fingered playing style known as clawhammer or frailing, in which the instrument’s strings are pushed down by fingernails, rather...

polebrity

polebrity  n.— «Pretty soon, we will all probably start to complain that Obama is a man of straw, a media creation, a triumph of style over substance; more a celebrity than a politician—a “polebrity” to use the latest ugly...

air cut

air cut  n.— «In recent years, Suzuki has gained recognition for his unique cutting technique called the “air cut” in which he snips off “unnecessary portions” of a person’s hair resulting in a haircut that not only looks good, but is...

shooting brake

shooting brake  n.— «Mercedes calls the Fascination a modern twist on a body style known in Europe as the “shooting brake,” which, according to tradition, is a luxury coupe with the rear end of a wagon. As such, the Fascination...

sagger

sagger  n.— «It’s his pants: they’re hanging off his hips, below his butt to reveal a pair of gray boxer shorts. “I’ve been sagging since the fourth grade,” the 28-year-old says. “I’ll be sagging when I’m old and gray...