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plyometrics

plyometrics  n.— «He set up the entire workout for the football team before the summer, introducing the players to plyometrics, a weight-training concept he learned from the Soviets that emphasizes muscle speed and quickness.» —“It’s...

tick-tacker

tick-tacker  n.— «They were the days of meat pies and trams, of the Flat and the Leger. Tick-tackers. “You could sit on the sidelines and watch forever,” said Bert.» —“How Two Fingers Strode The Turf” by Steve...

spectacular

spectacular  n.— «It’s the real thing. And it’s real big. We’re talking about a new three-dimensional, six-story-high lighted sign—known in outdoor advertising parlance as a “spectacular”—that the Coca-Cola Co. plans to unveil...

sonker

sonker  n.— «There is nothing very distinctive about the sonker itself—it may be made with either flour or breadcrumbs—except for this: The filling is whatever’s handy at the time.» —“What makes sonker a sonker after being songle or...

paleoconservative

paleoconservative  n.— «“Paleoconservatives,” as he calls them—along with libertarians and such anti-interventionists as Patrick Buchanan—have opposed the invasion of Iraq since the beginning.» —“Conservative pundits can’t agree...

global dimming

global dimming  n.— «Over the last four decades, scientists have observed a 1.3% per decade decline in the amount of sun reaching the Earth’s surface. This phenomenon, coined “solar dimming” or “global dimming,” is...