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trigger warning

a warning that something someone is about to see or read contains material that could upset them
Trigger warnings are potentially lifesaving for people who have dealt with traumas like sexual assault, hate crimes or violence.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 12/01/2017


an edible snail, as an item on a menu
I'd love to try escargots, once.
Submitted by: Nogoidea from United Kingdom on 12/01/2017

fake news

a sensational piece of news which does not map to reality, created to attract attention or damage somebody's reputation
There's even a Web site devoted to creating fake news stories about celebrities.
Submitted by: Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 12/01/2017


(in Russia) compromising material designed to erode a rival's reputation
The Kremlin claimed that it did not engage in gathering kompromat.
Submitted by: Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 12/01/2017

right from the off

from the very beginning
I was suspicious of their motives right from the off.
Submitted by: Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 12/01/2017


a person with an extreme fear of germs and an obsession with cleanliness
Even if you're not a germaphobe, you can't help but be wary of the food served at that joint.
Submitted by: Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 12/01/2017

be crammed to overflowing

to be completely filled with people or things
The press conference, held in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue was crammed to overflowing with journalists.
Submitted by: Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 12/01/2017


the surgical removal of the anterior cingulate cortex in the brain, as a treatment for certain disorders
Cingulotomy patients typically exhibit blunted affect and reduced motivation but greater irritability and social disinhibition.
Submitted by: mateja from Slovenia on 11/01/2017


a small, specific website for a product, product range, event, etc.
We came up with a quiz-based competition with its own dedicated minisite.
Submitted by: Mark Dobson from Italy on 11/01/2017


the atmospheric taste of a place
The aeroir of the concert yesterday was really vivid!
Submitted by: Konstantinos Pikoulas from Greece on 11/01/2017


a soft clay-like material found in a Turkey. It is used to make tobacco pipes.
The meerschaum pipe was aging well
Submitted by: John from United States on 11/01/2017

Twitter storm

a sudden large number of tweets on a certain topic on the social media site Twitter
It appears that Twitter storms, as reported by newspapers, are not always what they seem.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 10/01/2017


a type of oil produced by shark liver oil and human sebum
I used squalene to lubricate watch parts.
Submitted on 10/01/2017

retirement benefit

money that is paid to someone by the government when he or she has stopped working, usually because of his or her age
Submitted by: Caleb Judy from United States on 10/01/2017


President Elect of the United States
PEOTUS: Only fools oppose better Russia ties
Submitted from United Kingdom on 09/01/2017


a series of connected tweets about a particular subject, often a rant
Tweetstorms have been a subject of ridicule for a while now, and yet that doesn't stop people from cooking them up, eliciting groans every time.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 09/01/2017


a way of writing a closed compound where an uppercase letter is used at the start of the second word
iPad, PayPal, EttaMae
Submitted from United Kingdom on 09/01/2017


Five Star Movement: an Italian political party led by comedian Beppe Grillo
Grillo’s decision to seek an alliance with Verhofstadt could be a way of trying to put a less radical face on the M5S before elections.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 09/01/2017


the qualities in a person or thing that as a whole give pleasure to the senses
a verdant countryside of uncommon comeliness
Submitted by: annaf from Brazil on 09/01/2017


Alex is such a dino freak! He knows just about everything about dinosaurs!
Submitted by: Klinsman Hinjaya from Indonesia on 08/01/2017
Macmillan learn live love play