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hit a number

hit a number  v. phr.— «Inserra knows how intense the pressure to inflate values can get. Three years ago, he found himself battling one of his largest clients. The bank’s senior vice president in charge of mortgage lending tried to get...

The Lipstick Express (minicast)

Hockey mom, mavericky, snow machines, and—how could we forget that other memorable phrase from the 2008 presidential campaign?—lipstick on a pig. Some new and not-so-new terms leapt onto the national stage during Gov. Sarah Palin‘s run for the...

bounce

bounce  v.— «A vice principal at a school had problems with her P.C. I said (in geek slang) “Well, let me go bounce your box for you.”* She said that was a nice offer but wasn’t I married? *geek slang for “reboot your PC...

chief sustainability officer

chief sustainability officer  n.— «Now, the so-called C-Level Suite is swelling again—this time, with chief sustainability officers. These are not simply environmental watchdogs, there to keep operations safe and regulators at bay. The new...

bump

bump  n.— «I slurred, “Dude, if you give me a bump of coke or a bong hit, I’ll be fine.” She looked at me sadly and said, “Lesley, go home.”…Also, I used to intern at Vice and do bumps of heroin in the...

technology butler

technology butler  n.— «Brian Gullbrants, vice president for operations at Ritz-Carlton, where 10 percent of guests typically go online, said the hotel chain had moved away from relying on a single “technology butler” at each property and...