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  • A slower pitch might veer or sink, ala Greg Maddux or Derek Lowe, and there is likely a magic speed where this takes place (85-plus mph), while a pitcher like Nolan Ryan's fastball would explode with great "afterburn".


  • This afterburn phenomenon isn't anything new -- it's been known for years.

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  • Of those three, Hillary Clinton has been the most gracious loser -- the other two weren't very gracious, at all, and the afterburn of those battles turned out to be disastrous for their parties.

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  • The afterburn of the Penkovsky business is something that could be a real threat to your family, and to mine.

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  • Right or Left, Lib or Con, the tenure of President Obama is starting to smack of the cosmic letdown, something akin to the post-Thanksgiving afterburn.

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  • The dry afterburn of the whiskey rose up through my chest and nose like mentholatum vapor.


  • Clouds of this stuff were floating around in the dim afterburn of the Big Bang.

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  • It had a biting odor to it, then in the throat a kind of subtle sweetness, not overpowering, with a hint of fruit, but it left an afterburn as it went down, suggesting the presence of fire under the sweetness.

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  • A lovely afterburn, coming from the roasted serrano and two roasted jalapeños.

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  • In the afterburn darkness I slide my hand slowly up my body to my ribs.

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