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field grounders

verb

  • to search the ground for already-smoked yet salvageable cigarette butts. Note: usually performed by homeless.
    Hey, isn't that your dad fielding grounders?

    Last edited on Sep 24 1997. Submitted by Thomas Ryan from Los Angeles, CA, USA on Sep 24 1997.

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get to the bottom of

verb

  • to figure out something unknown.
                                                                                                                                                 

    Citation from "Food allergies get curiouser and curiouser, NewScientist, Andrew Watson, 29 July 2009 censored in hope of resolving Google's penalty against this site.
    • See more words with the same meaning: to search.

    Last edited on Oct 07 2009. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Jul 29 2009.

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Goggle

verb - transitive

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Google

verb - transitive

  • to do an internet search on someone or something. From the name of the Google search engine. Note that this term has become generic: any search engine might be used to "Google" something.
    I googled him last night.

    Last edited on Apr 16 2013. Submitted by Susan from Oxford, PA, USA on Oct 28 2002.

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grep

verb - ambitransitive

  • in a non-computing context, to search.
    Could you grep the menu for something vegan while I go to the bathroom?
    This definition is questionable and is pending deletion. It will be saved from deletion if legitimate citations are found.

    Last edited on May 01 2013. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

  • in a computing context, to search "manually" - i.e. by looking rather than using a computer program specifically intended for searching.
    I like GUIs because I can grep them visually for what I'm looking for.

    Last edited on Nov 10 2011. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Nov 10 2011.

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  • From the name of a Unix utility used to scan files in search of particular content. ("Grep" itself means "global regular expression print".)

    Last edited on May 01 2013. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

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troll

noun

  • an unattractive female or one with a bad reputation.
    She is such a troll.

    Last edited on Apr 14 1998. Submitted by Jeff Keen from Kent, OH, USA on Apr 14 1998.

  • a person who posts to an internet discussion group or chat room with the sole purpose of disrupting it.
    Since when did my favorite message board get taken over by trolls?
    Oh, ignore him, he's just a troll.
    Don't feed the trolls.

    Last edited on May 24 2016. Submitted by Trish from Boston, MA, USA on Feb 15 2002.

  • ugly, hairy, mean beasts who live under bridges. From folklore.

    Last edited on Feb 15 2002. Submitted by Trish from Boston, MA, USA on Feb 15 2002.

  • a post to a computer discussion made only to disrupt it.
    Nice troll.

    Last edited on Aug 04 2009. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Aug 04 2009.

  • an unattractive homosexual male who compensates for his loathsomeness with financial stability, and promises of such to other homosexuals struggling to sustain their lifestyle. An exploiter, predator, and scumbag.

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

    Last edited on May 24 2016. Submitted by enkephalin07 from New Orleans, LA, USA on Sep 02 2015.

  • pejorative, used mainly in the context of internet forums.

    Last edited on Mar 07 2018. Submitted by Gst from Eugene, OR, USA on May 23 2016.

verb

  • to dangle bait to "phish" for a victim on dating or social media sites.
    She used my picture to troll for victims on Plenty of Fish.

    Last edited on Mar 07 2018. Submitted by Anonymous on Aug 27 2017.

verb - intransitive

  • to take LSD ("trip") and Ecstasy ("roll") at the same time.
    She was trollin'.

    Last edited on May 24 2016. Submitted by Sher on Nov 19 1999.

  • to look for. May imply looking for something in a manner that the speaker finds unsavory.
    We went trolling for chicks.
    He trolls for men in rest stop bathrooms.
    • See more words with the same meaning: to search.

    Last edited on May 24 2016. Submitted by Jean M. on Jun 17 2003.

  • to attempt to incite a negative or argumentative reaction in an online discussion.
    Why are you trolling?

    Last edited on May 24 2016. Submitted by Tears on Aug 19 2004.

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