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  • He bounds across the garden, zig-zags and twists and sudden u-turns, like a lit firecracker in a tin.

    DANCING SNOWFLAKES • by Stef Hall

  • Salon's Steve Kornacki does a fine job of following the erstwhile Massachusetts Governor's mind-bending zig-zags on abortion rights here.

    Michael Sigman: Pander-monium Breaks Out Among 2012 GOP Hopefuls

  • Crackling comes from small branches; lightning with several zig-zags will produce a different clap from each section.

    Weatherwatch: Snap, crackle and boom

  • If the path of the lightning is relatively straight, there will be a single boom, but lightning with several zig-zags will produce a different clap from each section.

    Weatherwatch: Snap, crackle and boom

  • Or one of those high speed pursuits where the highway patrol zig-zags along the highway to keep all other cars in a safe zone?

    Todd Greene: Irene In New York and Natural Disaster Rubbernecking

  • Regarding the execrable pact between Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia, which shocked many former communist sympathizers into lives of anticommunism, Mr. Hobsbawm dismisses the "zig-zags and turns of Comintern and Soviet policy," specifically the "about-turn of 1939-41," which "need not detain us here."

    How a True Believer Keeps the Faith

  • Notorious for its long, winding queue that zig-zags across the market, Chairman Bao loads up steamed and baked buns with red sesame chicken, crispy garlic tofu and tender pork belly $6.

    Where to eat in San Francisco from $2

  • Ms. Missoni is responsible for designing the interiors of each, outfitted with furniture by Eero Saarinen, Marcel Wanders and Arne Jacobsen, and featuring the line's dizzying zig-zags, stripes and flowers throughout, mostly done in black and white but with bursts of bright pinks, teals and purples.

    60 Seconds With: Rosita Missoni

  • The disappointing endingis such a pity because the rest of the book is a smoothly icy read, as one lurches around the zig-zags of the plot, skating wildly over the murky depths beneath.

    Hold Tight, by Harlan Coben

  • Pick up your clothes, do your homework, stop drawing cheat notes on your arm, eat your vegetables, quit trying to make out the porn through the scrambled gray zig-zags lines.

    Archive 2010-02-01

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  • "trenches used in sieges, with several windings, so cut that the besieged are prevented from infilading the besiegers in their approaches." (citation in list description)

    October 9, 2008