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(also narco-violence)
violence associated with the trade in illegal drugs
We categorise the forms of narco-violence in Mexico in light of the literature on terrorism and contemporary Mexican politics.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 17/10/2014 18:36:00


(also esports)
organized events where people play video games in front of a live and TV audience, often competing for cash prizes
If you are not a male between the ages of 15 and 25, the odds are good that you have never heard of e-sports.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 17/10/2014 14:09:00


(also woo)
superstitious or irrational beliefs, such as the belief that it is possible to talk to dead people
The Skeptic's Dictionary has several hundred examples of mystical, spiritual, irrational, pseudoscientific, or anti-scientific New Age beliefs that many skeptics consider to be woo-woo.
also used as an adjective
This may all sound a bit woo-woo, but...
Submitted from United Kingdom on 17/10/2014 09:50:00


(also bubble light)
the emergency light on top of some police cars
In the past couple of years, the MSP’s “bubble” overhead light began to undergo a conversion to Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) to improve its energy efficiency.
Submitted by: Ramrath from Germany on 16/10/2014 16:09:00

catch basin

(also catch pit)
a pit in a drainage system in which matter that might otherwise block a sewer is collected so that it can be removed every so often
Submitted from United Kingdom on 16/10/2014 11:49:00


(used about fruit) soft and squashy
The inside of a persimmon is soft and pulpy.
(used about books, films, etc.) trashy, sensationalist and popular
Sherlock Holmes is meant to be pulpy and vital and new.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 16/10/2014 10:30:00

loaded for bear

ready, equipped and eager for a fight
The Democrats in Congress were loaded for bear and braced with facts and pointed detailed questions.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 15/10/2014 15:28:00


the protective cover of a bud
Submitted by: anna from India on 15/10/2014 14:56:00


(also w00t)
an exclamation of enthusiasm or triumph, used especially online
I had to buy some non-organic food as well, boo. But I got some good stuff on sale, woot!
Submitted from United Kingdom on 15/10/2014 12:29:00

human chain

a line which is formed by people holding hands with the purpose of helping someone or to give support
When a female swimmer began to struggle, a group of beachgoers went to heroic lengths to save her by forming a human chain in dangerously tumultuous surf and pulling her to safety.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 15/10/2014 11:29:00

chicken raffle

(also chook raffle)
a raffle (=a competition in which you win a prize if the number on your ticket is the same as the number on the prize) with chicken meat or sometimes a live chicken as a prize; used in Australian English
Get your chicken raffle tickets right away.
any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat
In Australia the Man Booker prize is sometimes seen as something of a chicken raffle.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 15/10/2014 09:06:00

lawnmower parenting

a style of parenting practised by so-called lawnmower parents, who attempt to remove all obstacles from their children's paths
Lawnmower parenting is not limited just to sporting events.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 13/10/2014 16:59:00

lawnmower parent

a parent who clears all obstacles from their child's path, so that they never have to deal with any problems by themselves
Instead of hovering, lawnmower parents clear a path for their child before they even take a step, pre-empting possible problems and mowing down obstacles in their child’s way.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 13/10/2014 16:57:00


someone who loves eating vegetables but is not vegetarian or vegan
A change worth making to your diet: become a vegivore!
Submitted from United Kingdom on 13/10/2014 12:43:00


a term used in Australian Rules Football to describe a collision between two players, where one player is hit "front-on" by another player coming from the opposite direction
Some famous shirtfronts of the modern era include Matthew Lloyd's bump on Brad Sewell in 2009.
used as a verb to describe an occasion when one person aggressively confronts another
I am going to shirtfront Mr Putin – you bet I am.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 13/10/2014 11:38:00


the medical specialism that deals with diseases of the ear, nose and throat
Otolaryngology is the oldest medical specialty in the United States.
Submitted by: amir from Iran, Islamic Republic of on 10/10/2014 22:05:00

sandwich woman

a woman in middle age who has to juggle caring for teenage children and ageing parents with a career
Kate Reddy is Sandwich Woman, part of that generation of females who had their kids late and now find themselves parenting teenagers just as their own parents become as demanding as infants.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 10/10/2014 16:12:00


of indifferent quality; uninspiring; below average
No matter how meh some of Bateman’s films have been, he has always surrounded himself with classy actors.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 10/10/2014 16:08:00


to get something delivered within a day (usually to a distant place) using a mail service
The cost of overnighting an item to the other side of the world might be much higher than the price of the item itself.
Submitted by: Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 10/10/2014 11:44:00

crash a meeting

to attend a meeting that you have not been invited to
Is crashing a meeting really a good way to make friends and influence people?
Submitted from United Kingdom on 09/10/2014 15:32:00