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WORD: auger in
DEFINITION: To die in a plane crash; to crash so catastrophically that the plane one is flying "augers" a hole in the ground. See also: buy the farm.
' Jane had heard the young men, Pete among them, talk about other men who had "bought it" or "augered in" or "crunched," but it had never been anyone they knew, no one in the squadron. And in any event, the way they talked about it, with such breezy, slangy terminology, was the same way they talked about sports. It was if they were saying, "He was thrown out stealing second base." And that was all! Not one word, not in print, not in conversation---not in this amputated language!---about an incinerated corpse from which a young man's spirit has vanished in an instant, from which all smiles, gestures, moods, worries, laughter, wiles, shrugs, tenderness, and loving looks---you, my love!---have disappeared like a sigh, while the terror consumes a cottage in the woods, and a young woman, sizzling with the fever, awaits her confirmation as the new widow of the day. '
--- 1979. TOM WOLFE. The Right Stuff. "Chapter 1 -- The Angels." (Page 3). Bantam Book edition (ISBN 0-553-27556-9).
January 29, 2014
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