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Browsing page 12 of new words for August 14, 2009

P

punt

verb

  • To make a mistake or fail, esp. when playing a game.

    I totally punted that last play.

    Last edited on Feb 16 2015. Submitted by Anonymous on Feb 16 2015.

verb - ambitransitive

  • to delay solving a problem or implementing a feature until later.
    There's not enough time to fix this bug before we release. We'll have to punt it to the next version.
    We may have to punt fixing the baby's crib until tomorrow due to circumstances beyond our control.

    Last edited on May 12 2013. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

  • to hand off responsibility for fulfilling a work-item to another person, group, portion of a computer system, etc.
    We're not going to get that kind of low-level application compatibility support right now, so we'll have to punt to the runtime system.

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

verb - transitive

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Q

quote chapter and verse

verb

  • to cite a relevant excerpt from some text.
    If you have any questions, talk to Stan. He can quote from the documentation chapter and verse.

    Last edited on Nov 11 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

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R

rathole

noun

  • a subject that has been known to use up a significant amount of discussion time, without participants coming to a consensus.

    This definition is questionable and is pending deletion. It will be saved from deletion if legitimate citations are found.

    Last edited on Apr 25 2013. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

  • a dilapidated place.
    This bar is a rathole.

    Last edited on Nov 11 2011. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Sep 27 2009.

verb - intransitive

  • during a discussion about a particular topic, to focus on an unimportant detail.
    We've been ratholing on what to call it for half an hour. Let's focus on what we're actually going to be making.

    Last edited on Nov 11 2011. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Sep 27 2009.

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sell out

noun

  • someone who reports a person or group to the authorities (e.g. police) after associating with that person or group; "narc".
    What a sell out!

    Last edited on Jul 21 2011. Submitted by Austin W. from CA, USA on Oct 04 1997.

  • a person who has "sold out" in the verb sense listed below.
                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                          

    Citation from "You've Got Male", Happy Endings (TV), Season 1 Episode 9 (2011) blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

    Citation from "Oh Louie / Tickets", Louie (TV), Season 2 Episode 7 (2011) blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.

    Last edited on Oct 28 2011. Submitted by Anonymous on Aug 14 2009.

verb

  • to exit a previous arrangement, change one's mind, change one's usual behavior, etc.

    Carries a very negative connotation. Implies that the entity changed due to some influence considered negative (e.g. money, power, etc.) or inappropriate (e.g. one's significant other in a relationship.)
    They will sell out on you in a minute.
    The band sold out to the main stream and signed with a major label.
    The band used to be good before they sold out.

    Last edited on Jul 21 2011. Submitted by Tim R. from Greensboro, NC, USA on Sep 27 1997.

verb - transitive

  • to exchange a friendship or a person's well being for personal gain.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

    Citation from "Trust", Wilfred (TV), Season 1 Episode 2 (2011) blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.
                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                       

    Citation from "Good Cop Bad Dog", Modern Family (TV) , Season 2 Episode 22 (2011) blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.
                                                                          

    Citation from "I Never Met the Dead Man", Family Guy (TV), Season 1 Episode 2 (1999) blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.
                                                                                                                                                                                        

    Citation from "Chapter 11", Eastbound & Down (TV), Season 2 Episode 5 (2010) blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.

    Last edited on Dec 20 2011. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Jul 28 2011.

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sex changer

noun

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