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jackpot

jackpot  n.—Gloss: in firefighting slang, a flammable place. «The fire kept trying to creep past them. A few sparks jumped into a nest of wood chips in an old log—”a jackpot,” firefighter lingo for a flammable spot.» —“Few...

in-law chaser

in-law chaser  n.— «Theresa felt warmed coming inside, away from the snowy, blowing spring storm.—Theresa overhead that the storm was an in-law chaser and giggled about that. It was the middle of the night but perhaps the son-in-law ran...

ride the wood

ride the wood  v. phr.— «Malikowski was using a replica of an 18th-century tool called a froe to split firewood into one-half- to three-quarter-inch slabs to make roofing shingles. The process is called “riding the wood,” said Malikowski...

NOC

NOC  n.— «Barnes is a neophyte agent, an ex-doctoral candidate in Ottoman history, trained as a case officer under nonofficial cover, “known in the secret language of the club as NOC. As in: knock on wood.” Naive and...

skylab

skylab  n.— «With my eyes closed, I could still feel the dust on my face as the “skylab” roared through the scabrous path and past the verdant groves. “Skylab” was the name the villagers had given the puny motorbike...

Skylab

Skylab  n.— «Skylab Motorbike that can seat 6 persons. One person in front of the driver, 2 behind him and two on either side of the horizontal slab of wood tied to its rear like an outrigger.» —“Workshop Programme” by S...