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pirata

pirata n. an unlicensed taxi; a gypsy cab. Editorial Note: This term is common throughout the Spanish-speaking world, but is recorded here because of its entrance into the everyday vernacular of Los Angeles and other communities. Etymological Note:...

pirata

pirata  n.— «Some employers have sent minivans to pick up domestics stuck at home or at bus stops. Many bus and rail commuters have turned to taxi pirata.» —“Worker Unsolidarity” by Kenneth Noble Newsday Nov. 9...

pirata

pirata  n.— «Using a taxi pirata—illegal taxi—is out of the question. The 10-mile ride would cost her more than her daily earnings of $50.» —“For Working Poor, Rides Are a Lifeline” by Richard Marosi Los Angeles...

pirata

pirata  n.— «Also known as bandit taxis, gypsy cabs or piratas—Spanish for “pirates”—they take business away from licensed cabbies, depress bus ridership and pose safety risks for passengers, officials say.» —“Illegal...

matchbook college

matchbook college  n.— «County funds have also paid for “internet campuses” that offer learning programs to “fit your learning style and budget” as well as online multiple choice exams that lead to a college degree...

bligey

bligey  n.— «My unconscious coined a new word in my dream last night: “bligey.” It’s like the opposite of a favor. It’s something you do not out of the kindness of your own heart, but because you’re obliged to do so...

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