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  • n. The area extending twenty yards from the end zone, where a team in possession of the ball is expected to score.
  • n. An area of a street where the curb has been painted red, indicating that stopping, standing or parking is prohibited at that spot (except, in some places, for buses).


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  • The standard contingent of homeless gazed in astonishment at the activity, which would have made an upturned ant’s nest look calm by comparison: Two men, hand in hand, ran up the steps, both wearing tuxedos; a minivan pulled into a red zone out in front of the Hall, a uniformed patrol looking on benevolently as the van’s driver and two passengers unloaded armloads of flowers.

    The Beekeeper's Apprentice

  • Charged with the task of administering “psychological first aid,” they were among the few civilians permitted to enter the red zone below Canal Street, where streets were closed and fires still burned.

    The Truth About Grief


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