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one-trick pony

someone who can do only one thing well or is interested in only one thing
Unlike some Eurosceptic Tories, Mr Carswell is not a one-trick pony.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 29/08/2014 10:19:00


a compulsive desire for something; an addiction to something
an ill-fated marriage to a society dame with a jones for bad boys | The aptly named Almond has a jones for almost any kind of candy.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 29/08/2014 10:12:00


something that appeals so strongly to someone that they are unable to resist it
Alternate universes, parallel lives, and the road not taken (or taken after all) are usually irresistible catnip for me.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 29/08/2014 09:00:00


ego boost: pleasure received from public recognition of your work. The term originated in the science fiction community.
Thanks for the kind mention and credit; always nice to get a bit of egoboo.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 29/08/2014 08:54:00


child sexual exploitation: forcing children who are under the age of consent to have sex, often with many people and/or for payment
Attempts by senior people in the council and the police to downplay the ethnic dimensions of CSE in Rotherham were ill judged.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 27/08/2014 09:09:00

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them, with the intention of avoiding damage or their use for a different purpose
While not as obvious as the stainless steel "anti-homeless" spikes that appeared outside a London apartment block recently, the benches are part of a recent generation of urban architecture designed to influence public behaviour, known as hostile architecture.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 27/08/2014 08:58:00


to fly a new plane for a first time
Last Saturday, I maidened the prototype of my new airplane.
Submitted by: Rick Pearson from United States on 24/08/2014 21:59:00


a Scottish word meaning scared, especially without good reason
You could get feart and argue cyclists shouldn’t place ourselves in danger.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 22/08/2014 11:00:00


a Scottish word meaning someone who is scared without good reason; a scaredy-cat
With all the inevitability of a Greek tragedy, the Fifeshire feartie was consumed by his one flaw.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 22/08/2014 10:57:00


of or related to swag (=style, confidence)
Look at his swaggy outfit!
Submitted by: Huey from Australia on 22/08/2014 08:53:00


last month
Yestermonth, I bought a car, this month I will buy a driving uniform.
Submitted by: idriss El Mahdali from Morocco on 21/08/2014 17:12:00


someone who tries to cheat people, especially by tricking them into paying for non-existent goods or services
Scammers are tricking people into paying bogus support fees by setting up fake websites offering antivirus downloads designed to fail on installation.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 21/08/2014 16:09:00


deviating from what is expected
Goldie's debut looked to slick jazz-funk and soul for off-piste inspiration.
also an adverb
The canny young sommelier took me off-piste with some superb wines by the glass left over from a tasting.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 21/08/2014 15:18:00

boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict, as opposed to attacking from the air or surveying the situation remotely
To do the job properly, our politicians are going to have to get over their hang ups about boots on the ground and face up to the reality of the threat we are facing.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 20/08/2014 09:00:00


to write a short endorsement of
I read Balko’s book prior to publication in order to blurb it, and after I was done, immediately wrote what struck me most about it.
Submitted by: David Kaminski from United States on 19/08/2014 21:09:00


to argue or bicker with someone or to talk with no meaning
Quit your quabbling, if you want to say something just say it!
Submitted by: shiree from Australia on 19/08/2014 05:35:00


great; excellent: used to compliment someone on their appearance or their items of clothing
Your shoes are so safe.
Submitted by: mihi from Bahamas on 19/08/2014 05:32:00


an idiot
That guy is such a crab.
a grouchy person
in the sport of cricket, a bad batsman
Submitted by: Brodee Kitchin-Fitz from Australia on 19/08/2014 05:28:00


a large amount of money
I hope you appreciate the gift I gave you, it cost a grip.
Submitted by: Jason Renshaw from United States on 19/08/2014 00:13:00

kick rocks

to leave the current location; often used to express frustration by the resident as part of them telling another person to leave
You've been nothing but trouble, so it's time for you to kick rocks!
Submitted by: Jason Renshaw (origin-old friend named Justin) from United States on 19/08/2014