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deep-six (deep siks) verb tr.

1. To throw overboard.

2. To discard or reject.

[From nautical slang deep-six (burial at sea), or from the allusion to the typical depth of a grave.]

"Second, the PRI holds the biggest bloc of seats in both legislative houses, and Fox's relentless condemnation of their governance during his presidential bid has strengthened their resolve to deep-six his agenda." George W. Grayson; Fox May Need a Miracle From the Pope; The News (Mexico City, Mexico); Jul 26, 2002.

"Yet prominent critics of the protocol - notably economist William Pizer of Resources for the Future, a Washington think tank, and political scientist David G. Victor of the Council on Foreign Relations - have argued that the best response isn't to deep-six Kyoto but to add a safety valve." George Musser; Climate of Uncertainty; Scientific American (New York); Oct 1, 2001.

This week's theme: numeric terms.


Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure." - H.L.Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956)

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