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chemical cosh

chemical cosh  n.— «Treatments of mental and physical illnesses were spiritual tasks, not merely matters for medical repair, the prince said. Psychiatrists should resort less often to the “chemical cosh” of drugs.» —“How a...

GUBU

GUBU  adj.— «Everyone from hardline feminists to dyed-in-the-wool conservatives hate what he has done. He has achieved a double distinction by producing an unpopular budget on the back of an enormous budget surplus. Why does the word Gubu...

GUBU

GUBU  adj.— «My youth was spent in an English hospital, receiving treatment for scoliosis, which also caused spinal curvature. So we were both, as far as Haughey hard-liners were concerned, twisted. But to suggest this was a voluntary...

GUBU

GUBU  adj.— «It was always unlikely that Haughey, who survived the arms trial, allegations about land deals in north Dublin and the GUBU saga was going to be tripped up at the age of 71.» —“The Dunne thing” by Rory Godson...

GUBU

GUBU  adj.— «In the GUBU days of Fianna Fail, however the company was called upon once more and Mr Savage subsequently made contact with Albert Reynolds and Padraig Flynn.» —“Reynolds sends the message by Carr” by Maol...

GUBU

GUBU adj. grotesque, unbelievable, bizarre, unprecedented; (hence) disreputable or scandalous. Also n. and attrib. Etymological Note: The acronym was coined in 1983, based on words spoken by Irish Prime Minister Charles Haughey in 1982, by...