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A rigorous initiation ceremony into a girls’ gang: At her court-in, a girl is christened with the nickname by which she will be known (1990s+ Street gang)


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    [kawr-tee-er, kohr-] /ˈkɔr ti ər, ˈkoʊr-/ noun 1. a person who is often in attendance at the court of a king or other royal personage. 2. a person who seeks favor by flattery, charm, etc. /ˈkɔːtɪə/ noun 1. an attendant at a court 2. a person who seeks favour in an ingratiating manner n. early […]

  • Courthouse

    [kawrt-hous, kohrt-] /ˈkɔrtˌhaʊs, ˈkoʊrt-/ noun, plural courthouses [kawrt-hou-ziz, kohrt-] /ˈkɔrtˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈkoʊrt-/ (Show IPA) 1. a building in which of law are held. 2. a county seat. /ˈkɔːtˌhaʊs/ noun 1. a public building in which courts of law are held n. late 15c., from court (n.) + house (n.). In Virginia and the Upper South, […]

  • Cover the waterfront

    verb phrase To be a complete account of something; be the whole story: Lake covers premarital agreements, no-fault divorce, even a will. That covers the waterfront [1930s+; fr the title of a 1932 book by Max Miller, a journalist, exposing crime and corruption on the waterfront]

  • Covertly

    [adjective koh-vert, kuhv-ert; noun kuhv-ert, koh-vert] /adjective ˈkoʊ vərt, ˈkʌv ərt; noun ˈkʌv ərt, ˈkoʊ vərt/ adjective 1. concealed; secret; disguised. 2. covered; sheltered. 3. Law. (of a wife) under the protection of one’s husband. noun 4. a covering; cover. 5. a shelter or hiding place. 6. concealment or disguise. 7. Hunting. a thicket giving […]

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