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golden parachute

noun: An agreement to pay generous compensation to a company executive if dismissed.

midas

noun: 1. One with the ability to easily turn anything profitable. 2. One who is extremely wealthy.

hallmark

noun: 1. A mark of quality, genuineness, or excellence. 2. A distinguishing feature or characteristic.

Fort Knox

noun: 1. An inordinate amount of wealth. 2. A place extraordinarily secure and thus impossible to break into.

whizbang

noun: 1. Someone or something extraordinarily successful. 2. Someone or something flashy, impressive, technologically innovative, etc. 3. A firework that makes whizzing …

quincunx

noun: An arrangement of five objects with one at each corner and one at the center.

blowzy

adjective: 1. Having a coarsely ruddy complexion. 2. Disheveled.

quixotry

noun: Absurdly chivalrous, idealistic, or impractical ideas or behavior.

chutzpah

noun: Shameless boldness; brazen nerve; gall.

pooh-bah

noun: 1. A person who holds a high office or has great influence. 2. A pompous, self-important person. 3. A person holding …

McDonaldization

noun: 1. Standardization that focuses on efficiency, predictability, control, etc., at the expense of individuality or creativity. 2. The spread of the …

tawdry

adjective: Cheap, showy, and gaudy.

Houdini

noun: An escape artist. verb intr.: To escape.

Hoyle

noun: 1. A rule book. 2. Rules.

shirttail

noun: 1. The part of a shirt reaching below the waist, especially in the back. 2. A brief item added at the …

sleeveless

adjective: 1. Unprofitable; futile; unreasonable; irrelevant. 2. Without sleeves.

button-down

adjective: 1. Conservative, unimaginative, conventional, staid, repressed, etc. 2. Relating to a collar that can be fastened to the garment. 3. Relating …

unshirted

adjective: 1. Serious; unmitigated. 2. Plain; undisguised.

alterity

noun: Otherness: the state or quality of being other or different.

panache

noun: 1. A confident, stylish manner; swagger. 2. A tuft of feathers on a headdress, such as a helmet, hat, etc.

canary

noun: 1. A small finch, native to the Canary Islands, having greenish to yellow color, and known for its melodious song. 2. …

butterfingered

adjective: Clumsy or careless, especially frequently dropping things.

zen

noun: An activity, approach, state of mind, etc., emphasizing intuition and insights, instead of fixation on goals. adjective: Calm, peaceful, unruffled.