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  • on Carey Street
    euphemism Bankrupt; in severe or crippling debt. Named for the street in London where the bankruptcy court for the United Kingdom was at one time located. Watch the video
  • be on (the) air
    To be broadcasting live, as on television or radio. Watch the video

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  • recliner
    Definition: (noun) An armchair whose back can be lowered and foot can be raised to allow the sitter to recline in it. Synonyms: lounger. Usage: During football season, my husband plants himself in the recliner that faces the TV and does not budge for hours on end. Discuss
  • troglodyte
    Definition: (noun) A cave dweller, especially one of the prehistoric peoples thought to have lived in caves. Synonyms: caveman. Usage: These vile old troglodytes are no longer there; but into their deserted cave another terrible giant has thrust himself, and makes it his business to seize upon honest travelers and fatten them for his table.

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  • mention
    oojah, ooja-ka-piv, oojiboo - An oojah or ooja-ka-piv or oojiboo is "a thing whose name one forgets, does not know, or prefers not to mention." More...apophasis - Mentioning a subject by saying one is not going to mention it. More...infandous - Describing something too horrible to mention. More...mention - Its etymological notion is "reminding," from […]
  • remote
    remote - From Latin remotus, the past participle of removere, "remove." More...remote sensing - The scanning of the earth by satellite or aircraft to obtain information about it. More...devious - Its literal meaning is "out of the way," from Latin de via—applied to a place that was remote because it was off the main road. […]
  • impact
    fighting fire with fire - Early American settlers had to put out great prairie fires and learned that setting a circle or strip of land on fire could stop the path or lessen the impact of a big fire—giving us the phrase "fighting fire with fire." More...freezing rain - Rain that freezes on impact with […]
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