Definitions

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  • n. A chamber, with a roof covered by a deep pile of gravel, within which nuclear warheads may be maintained; in the event of a (non-nuclear) explosion, the roof is weakened and the gravel falls and prevents the escape of nuclear material

Etymologies

From a character in the Dick Tracy comic strip (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Dick Tracy was one of the most popular comic strips, and Gravel Gertie and B.O. Plenty were two characters in the strip who had married and produced a baby girl called "Sparkle."

    Island Packet: Home

  • We are those, into our Medicare years, who remember Gravel Gertie, baseball†™ s most famous hot dog vendor, and who still wonder why manager Hank Borowy on short rest in Game 7 in †™ 45.

    The Hardball Times

  • During my pitch, I pointed out that Chester Gould had told me (or maybe I didn't mention my source) that his inspiration for Gravel Gertie and B.O. Plenty came when he was driving past the old Crystal Lake Dump on Virginia Street Road.

    McHenry County Blog

  • Who will make me laugh after actor – funnyman – celebrity chef Dom DeLuise and award-winning Bea Arthur, everybody’s favorite Golden Girl, with the deadpan, drop-dead acid one-liners and the voice of Gravel Gertie?

    Farewell My Lovelies

  • Renée Fleming isn’t going to lose any sleep about this, but even in her voice of Gravel Gertie sandpaper, Elaine Stritch is such a great interpreter of lyrics that she should be on every young cabaret singer’s see-and-learn list.

    Stritch at Carlyle: 80 and Singin'

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