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  • n. Term used, primarily by US immigration officials in informal settings, to describe an illegal immigrant of any country.
  • n. An item of value, or of perceived value, especially for sale


Origins are unknown, but definitely predate the use of metal flashlights, contrary to the most quoted description of origin. (Wiktionary)



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