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chad (chad) noun

Small pieces of paper or cardboard generated by punching holes in paper tape or data cards.

[Origin unknown.]

Chad (chad)

A country of north-central Africa. Formerly part of French Equatorial Africa, it became independent in 1960. Ndjamena is the capital and the largest city.

"A key complaint centers on chad - tiny pieces of paper punched out of the ballot when a voter sticks the punch-pin through the proper space."
Mannies, Many Concerned About Sloppy Voting Procedures, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 17 Mar 1997.

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