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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A cessation of operations or activity, as at a factory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The action of stopping operations; a closing, of a computer, business, event, etc.
  • n. A statement, insult, etc. that prevents the opponent from replying further.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. termination of operations

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  • So it's come to a process of hairsplitting over the degree of down? Next they'll be measuring the number of inches the country's knees are from the floor. USA you weird funny.

    October 2, 2013

  • Hey, slow down. Slim down. Then shut down.

    What the Obama administration is portraying as a "shutdown" of the federal government -- complete with signs posted at the entrances to government buildings, parks and monuments -- is turning out to be more of a "slimdown," - FOX News

    "It’s time for President Obama and Senator Reid to actually come to the negotiating table and put an end to their government slowdown." US Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann

    October 1, 2013