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(n) informal; a very attractive woman

Bureau Chief

(n) a journalist who works in satellite locations for a newspaper or magazine and is typically the manager of the newsroom for the location


(n) a male bee in a colony of social bees, which does no work but can fertilize a queen

Girl Friday

(n) Slang for a "go-to" girl, someone who helps you get things taken care of


(n) A former princely state in southwest Asia, adjacent to India, Pakistan, Sinkiang, and Tibet; sovereignty in dispute between India and Pakistan since 1947


(adj) failing or unable to cope with the demands of a normal social environment

Mousseline de soie

(n) means "muslin of silk" in French, refers to a thin, gauzelike fabric made of either silk or rayon

Peeping Tom

(n) a person who gets sexual pleasure from secretly watching people undressing or engaging in sexual activity

Petting Party

(n) a type of party that became popular in the 1920s, where groups of young men and women would get together for the purpose of making out (aka "petting")


(adj) distant from the lives and concerns of ordinary people

Reader's Digest

(n) An American general-interest family magazine founded in New York in 1922; its content is typically conservative

Reconnaissance Plane

(n) a manned or unmanned military aircraft designed to carry out aerial reconnaissance (i.e. collecting imagery and intelligence)

Sample Case

(n) a hand-held container of samples of products used by a salesperson to show potential customers available wares

Search Warrant

(n) a legal document signed by a judge authorizing a police officer to enter and search private premises

Shotgun Marriage

(n) an enforced or hurried wedding, usually because the bride is pregnant

Status Quo

(n) the existing state of affairs (Latin)

Telephoto Lens

(n) a lens with a shorter focal length that is constructed to produce a large image, used to photograph small or distant objects


(n) a footed glass used for brandy and other kinds of hard alcohol; it is footed and has a wide bottom which tapers to a narrow opening at the top


(n) a prison in which petty offenders are expected to work


(n) shorthand for the Clinton Correctional Facility, a maximum security state prison in the Village of Dannemora in upstate New York