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old maid

old maid  n.— «The key to successful popcorn is the roughly 13 percent moisture inside each kernel, which makes it explode under heat. Lose the moisture and you’ve got duds, or what the popcorn industry calls Old Maids.» —“Tricks to...

red light fever

red light fever  n.— «Around 1970 aged 10 my Dad and I went into a booth in Victoria Station where you could record a “45” seven inch record. (like in the video for “Tribute” by those joke heavy metal idiots…...

demoflush

demoflush  n.— «And as for the “demoflush” figures for summer’s traditional last weekend, they weren’t available today: Like workers across the county, the man who computes the numbers and employes of the sanitation commission...

dead-set moral

dead-set moral  n.— «One Victoria Derby day he had $200,000 on a dead-set moral (racing parlance for a certain winner) in the first race at $1.90 and it got beaten.» —“Tall tales and true” Australian (Sydney) Dec...

Texas strawberry

Texas strawberry  n.— «Navy lingo is equally mind-boggling.…A schnorker is a sausage, Texas strawberries are baked beans and a goffer translates as a non-alcoholic drink or a big wave.» —“All aboard to try the Navy...

schnorker

schnorker  n.— «Navy lingo is equally mind-boggling.…A schnorker is a sausage, Texas strawberries are baked beans and a goffer translates as a non-alcoholic drink or a big wave.» —“All aboard to try the Navy life” by...