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snag

snag  n.— «The burn had consumed four acres when Holmes and a few other team members approached a tree known in forestry parlance as a “snag”—dead or dying timber that poses a threat of falling.» —“Firefighter Crushed to...

lily pad

lily pad  n.— «We are already “reconfiguring our footprint”—that is, reviewing deployment of our troops globally to make us capable of applying mobile force anywhere rather than to sit in place to meet any specific threat...

gorilla dust

gorilla dust  n.— «When two male gorillas confront each other, they’re too canny most of the time to actually fight, so they resort to the tried-and-true political tactic of intimidation. Both scurry about in a frenzy, grimacing...

Toyotaisation

Toyotaisation  n.— «“The world is getting a lot dustier,” he said. The reasons included land use changes caused by growing populations, such as deforestation and overgrazing, but Toyota-isation, a word coined by him to mean...

discordant couple

discordant couple  n.— «Jim, 31, says he and his wife, June, are “a discordant couple,” meaning that one is infected with the AIDS virus and the other isn’t.» —“Aids Threat To Women Increasing” by Kay...

redwash

redwash  n.— «More changes are on the cards but already I fear that we could be in for another Ferrari redwash in 2003. The hope was that with new rules we might see Michael fighting his way through the pack after a poor qualifying session...