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closed primary

noun
a primary election in which only voters registered with the party that is holding the primary are allowed to vote
Submitted from United Kingdom on 18/05/2016

open primary

noun
a primary election in which any registered voter can vote in any party's primary. Voters can choose which primary to vote in and do not have to be members of that party in order to vote.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 18/05/2016

Hudibrastic

adjective
satirical in a mock-heroic style; a term used to describe any rough satire
a Hudibrastic poem satirizing colonial manners
Submitted by: Fatma from Egypt on 18/05/2016

unaffiliated

adjective
not officially linked or tied to any group or organization
an increase in the number of registered active unaffiliated voters
researchers who are unaffiliated with the university
Submitted from United Kingdom on 18/05/2016

be first up

to be the best option
Joey Morena would be first up to fill the position at your company.
Submitted by: Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 18/05/2016

perishability

noun
used in marketing to describe the way in which service capacity cannot be stored for sale in the future.
Perishability is a key concept of services marketing.
Submitted by: Akhmed from Kazakhstan on 17/05/2016

causality

noun
1
the relationship between cause and effect
2
the principle that everything has a cause
Submitted on 17/05/2016

fall on hard times

to experience great difficulties
The region saw a boom in the 1950s to 1970s but fell on hard times in the 1980s.
Submitted by: Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 17/05/2016

NCGS

noun
Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity: a condition in which someone finds it difficult to digest gluten and experiences problems such as bloating and abdominal pain as a result
There is at no point any explanation for why we should ditch gluten if we're not sufferers of coeliac disease or NCGS.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 17/05/2016

dumpster diving

noun
the practice of looking in dumpsters for usable food and other items
We have no schedule for whose turn it is to go dumpster diving.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 17/05/2016

dumpster diver

noun
someone who looks in dumpsters for usable food and other items
Rachel is a freegan and dumpster diver living in Peterborough, Ontario.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 17/05/2016

skip diver

noun
someone who looks in dumpsters for usable food and other items
Submitted from United Kingdom on 17/05/2016

skip diving

noun
the practice of looking in dumpsters for usable food and other items
Like all good freeconomists he goes skip diving.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 17/05/2016

boomeranger

noun
another name for a boomerang kid, someone who returns to live with their parents after spending time away studying or working
Some boomerangers are more diligent about their plans to get ahead.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 17/05/2016

doomeranger

noun
someone who moves back in with their parents due to changes in later life such as divorce or unemployment; by analogy with boomeranger
Unlike the boomerang generation – who return to the family home not long after flying the nest – doomerangers left the family home many years before, and return due to financial circumstances, or the sudden loss of their home due to a break-up.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 17/05/2016

charnel house

noun
a place where bones are kept
It would take us most of the day to slaughter them (cattle) all, and the camp would smell like a charnel house for a week.
Submitted by: Julio Cuenca from Spain on 16/05/2016

plummet

noun
a plumb line
Submitted on 15/10/2015

plummet

noun
a fall or drop in something
a plummet in milk prices
Submitted by: Lígia Funchal from Brazil on 16/05/2016

layover

noun
a short stay somewhere between two parts of a journey
We figured it would be great to visit Seattle during a layover and take a break on our long haul to Asia.
Submitted by: Johnny from Serbia on 15/05/2016

snake

verb
to clear out pipes that are clogged using a snake
Submitted by: Caleb Judy from United States on 15/05/2016

plumber's snake

(also snake)
noun
a long thin tool used to clear out pipes that are clogged
Submitted by: Caleb Judy from United States on 15/05/2016
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