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fairy ring

fairy ring  n.— «For a minute there we thought some radical new accompaniment might break the spell of this fairy ring of cloned presentations. » —“Cholesterol People, Beware” by Leo Schofield Sydney Morning...

air supply

air supply  n.— «We thought you should be given a quick taste of the fiddles his Ugandan counterpart uncovered. For bagmen, brothels, bookmakers and bribes read “air supply.”» —“Regular Shorts” by Paola...

katastroika

katastroika  n.— «In the first phase of Mr Gorbachev’s rule, some Russians thought that glasnost was just a trick to get the reformers to stick their heads above the parapet and identify themselves. “Perestrelka,” said the...

bovie

bovie  n.— «“Bovies,” also known as “movies made out of books,” was coined by purists in the 1970s to heap sarcasm upon those benighted souls who thought they could translate the excitement of the printed word on to the...

plusing

plusing  n.— «The agency will be marked, he said, “by what Disney called ‘plusing.’ When a client comes to us he will have certain expectations. If we ‘plus’ that, when he leaves he will say, ‘Boy, I got more from that than I thought...