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urban tumbleweed

urban tumbleweed  n.— «Word Fugitives sought an American equivalent for the Irish term witches’ knickers, which refers to “disposable plastic bags caught in trees.”…People on both coasts and in between submitted urban...

ship-breaking

ship-breaking  n.— «Burtynsky has photographed railroads, mines, stone quarries, industrial dumps (or urban mines, as he calls them), oil fields and “ship-breaking,” the laborious process of dismantling enormous tankers...

stiffs

stiffs  n.pl.— «Having the threat of being forced to play “in the stiffs” “with the B-Team,” or “with the scrubs,” pick your pejorative, is surely a powerful motivating factor for any modern athlete...

urban 99

urban 99  n.— «A 100,000-square-foot cap on the size of new stores in Tampa, Fla., led Wal-Mart to develop a store 1,000 square feet under the cap. It was successful and the retailer replicated the design in a number of other places around...

New Angeles

New Angeles  n.— «At opposite sides of the continent sit the United States’ two largest cities, New York and Los Angeles, paired beacons of urban America. New York is the modern city par excellence. Now that the modern age is over, Los...

brown sugar

brown sugar  n.— «A large percentage of our youth are addicted to brown sugar, more in the urban areas than in the rural areas.…Brown sugar is one of the most potent chemical weapons to have appeared on the market, wreaking havoc...

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