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All Wool and a Yard Wide

All wool and a yard wide means “reliable and trustworthy.” The phrase was part of advertisements in the late 19th century, touting material produced by textile mills that wasn’t shoddy, which meant it was not made from the shredded...

Skiing Yard Sale

Skiing is fun until you wipe out, flinging two skis, two poles, and perhaps your lunch, all over the place. They call that a yard sale. This is part of a complete episode.

Yard Sale Word Quiz

If you’re a fan of yard sales, you’ll love this game from Puzzle Guy John Chaneski. Suppose you go yard-saling, but only at the homes of famous people. The items you find there are all two-word rhymes. At the house of one powerful...

brass-plate bank

brass-plate bank  n.— «He was first investigated 20 years ago when he became a subject of a joint Scotland Yard-FBI investigation into so-called “brass-plate” banks on the Caribbean island of Montserrat. The investigation was set up after...

ghost inventory

ghost inventory  n.— «All of these empty homes waiting to go to market with no for sale signs in their yard are called ghost inventory. According to Bench, “These ghost inventory homes do not show up on the MLS yet and so almost...