Definitions

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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

Etymologies

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

Examples

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  • 'Mist hung over the hills beyond the town, and from a slope rising from the other side of the road came the gentle tonk of a cowbell.'

    - Nightmare Alley, William Lindsay Gresham

    July 1, 2012