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

  • A trademark used for a screw with a head having two intersecting perpendicular slots and for a screwdriver with a tip shaped to fit into these slots.
  • Phillips, Wendell 1811-1884. American abolitionist who served as president of the American Antislavery Society from 1865 to 1870.

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  • proper n. A patronymic surname derived from Philip.
  • n. A Phillips screwdriver.


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  • PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads.


  • The rescue of Captain Phillips from the hands of the Somalia pirates by the U.S.

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  • Speaking of books, Kevin Phillips is out with a new book: American Theocracy.

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  • Martin Phillips from the Chills raved about this LP in an article he wrote for Pulse (the late in-house Tower Records magazine)

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  • The Shark Sleeping Bag or ChumBuddy by Kendra Phillips is an amazing 7 foot long monstrous plush shark which can also double as a sleeping bag.

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  • Jason Phillips, TCU, 6-1, 239: Although not the kind of linebacker who overpowers opponents, Phillips is instinctive, persistent and consistent.

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  • Brandon Phillips is the man and one of the best second basemen in the league.

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  • Third Ward Alderman Stephanie Kifowit, who has gone from her days of expressing fiscal concerns to a wild spender, says taxpayers should spend $63,000 on a dog park in Phillips Park on Aurora's East Side because "it's badly needed."

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  • Or let me hazard the guess that the SEALs were ordered to watch for a moment when they could take out the pirates with a single volley, without much regard to how “imminent” the threat to Captain Phillips might be.

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  • Now Rudy Phillips is intimately aware of this connection; after sending out her phone to be serviced by Best Buy Mobile, she received a loaner phone that was filled with ... well, you know.

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