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stained-glass ceiling

stained-glass ceiling  n.— «The Rev. Barbara Williams Riddle knows all about the stained-glass ceiling the psychological barrier that keeps women from the pulpit of large, upscale congregations.» —“The stained-glass...

knock and drag

knock and drag  v. phr.— «OVERBY: Williams invoked a get out the vote slogan favored by the local Congressman Albert Wynn: knock and drag. WILLIAMS: How we knock on the door and how we drag our members to the polls. So it’s...

shell-mouthed

shell-mouthed
 adj.— «Williams is shell-mouthed on the whole affair, declining to comment for the record.» —by Charles P. Pierce Sports Guy Dec. 26, 2000. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

motor spirit

motor spirit  n.— «If this total were all petrol—what the oil industry calls “gasoline,” PMS, or “motor spirit,” it would indeed be a bonanza.» —“Oil Bonanza? Let Us Get Real” by Vivian Craddock...

congealed electricity

congealed electricity  n.— «I never know quite what to think about the Northwest’s aluminum smelters. They consume huge amounts of power—to the point that aluminum is sometimes called “congealed electricity.”» —“The Daily...

hillbilly chrome

hillbilly chrome  n.— «I still wear those to this day. Some old guy in Nashville even offered to buy me a new pair. I’ve had those eight years and there’s holes in them, hillbilly chrome [duct tape] on top, but the fit is right. I had a...