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Babemba (n.): a Bantu-speaking people inhabiting the north-eastern part of Zambia and the neighbouring areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

back sass (n.): insolent or cheeky remarks, esp. made in reply to someone in authority; impertinence.

back-sass (v.): transitive. to reply or address (a person, esp. someone in authority) in a insolent or cheeky manner. 

bagel (v.): transitive. To beat (an opponent) by a score of six games to love in a set.

Baka (n.): a small attack aircraft or piloted missile, either unpowered or powered by solid-fuel rocket motors and carrying an explosive warhead.

bakfiets (n.): originally in the Netherlands: a type of bicycle or tricycle with a large open or enclosed box mounted low behind the front wheel and in front of the...

(see Oxford Dictionary).

baller (informal): excellent, exciting, or extraordinary especially in a way that is suggestive of a lavish lifestyle.

banh mi: a usually spicy sandwich in Vietnamese cuisine consisting of a split baguette filled typically with meat (such as pork or chicken) and pickled vegetables (such as carrot and daikon) and garnished with cilantro and often cucumbers.

Barthesian (n. and adj.): a follower or advocate of the theories of Roland Barthes.

bash (n.): an improvised or rudimentary shelter, esp. one built by a homeless person.

bauer (n.): in Germany and German-speaking countries: a peasant, a smallholder.

because: by reason of, because of — often used in a humorous way to convey vagueness about the exact reasons for something. This preposition use of because is versatile; it can be used, for example, to avoid delving into the overly technical (“the process works because science”) or to dismiss explanation altogether (“they left because reasons”).

beer o'clock (n.): An appropriate time of day for starting to drink beer.

Bemba (adj. and n.): of, belonging to, or characteristic of the Bemba; also: designating this people.

bialy (n.): a chewy bread roll having a circular indentation filled with finely chopped onion.

Bialystick (n.): a chewy bread roll having a circular indentation filled with finely chopped onion; = "bialy (n.)".

bidie-in (n): A person who lives with his or her partner in a non-marital relationship; a cohabiting partner.

bigsie (n): Having an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance; arrogant, pretentious, conceited.

BIPOC (n.): ”Black, Indigenous, (and) People of Color”.

bird colonel (n.): a full colonel, as distinct from a lieutenant colonel. Also in full bird colonel.

birria: a Mexican dish of stewed meat seasoned especially with chili peppers.

bit rot: the tendency for digital information to degrade or become unusable over time. This kind of data degradation or corruption can make images and audio recordings distort and documents impossible to read or open.

blank check company: a corporate shell set up by investors for the sole purpose of raising money through an initial public offering to acquire another business yet to be determined — called also special purpose acquisition company.

bochur (n.): a boy or young man; spec. a student of Talmudic and rabbinical writings at a yeshiva.

bok (n): A South African.

bokeh (n.): blurring or hazing in the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image; this as an artistic or visual effect, esp. as rendered by a particular lens.

bombogenesis (n.): a phenomenon or process characterized by a rapid and sustained fall of barometric pressure in the centre of an extratropical cyclonic weather system.

booster dose: a supplementary dose of a therapeutic agent designed to increase the effectiveness of one or more previously administered doses.

booze can (n.): an unlicenced bar or other drinking establishment, esp. one set up in a private home.

bottle episode (n.): an episode of a television series that is confined to one setting and isn't expensive to produce.

bread flake (n.): a flake of bread; a breadcrumb. Now esp. in plural: (with reference to Japanese cookery) dried and pre-packaged long-life bread flakes, typically... (plus one more sense in the Oxford Dictionary).

breakthrough (medical): infection occurring in someone who is fully vaccinated against an infectious agent — often used before another noun (as in “breakthrough cases” or “breakthrough infection”).

bridge-burning (n.): the action or process of burning bridges (literally and figuratively).

bridge-burning (adj.): that burns bridges (literally and figuratively).

bridge-coat (n. 2): a long heavy double-breasted woollen overcoat traditionally worn by naval officers on the bridge of a ship in cold weather.

bridger (n. 1): a person who maintains or has charge of a bridge; the keeper of a bridge. Obsolete.

Brightonian (n. and adj.): a native or resident of Brighton.

brik (n.): esp. in Tunisia and elswhere in North Africa: a filo pastry, often triangular in a form, with savoury filling. 

broigus (adj. and n.): angry, irritated.

bubble (n.): an area within which sports teams stay isolated from the general public during a series of scheduled games so as to prevent exposure to disease.

buka (n.): a roadside restaurant or street stall with a seating area, selling cooked food at low prices. Cf. "bukateria (n.)", "mama put (n.)". Frequently as a modifier.

bukateria (n.): a roadside restaurant or street stall with a seating area, selling cooked food at low prices. Cf. "buka (n.)", "mama put (n.)". 

butt-dial (or pocket-dial) (v.): Inadvertently call (someone) on a mobile phone in one's rear trouser pocket, as a result of pressure being accidentally applied to a button or buttons on the phone.

butthurt (adj.): Overly or unjustifiably offended or resentful.

buzzy (adj): something that generates excitement and gets people talking.

by-catch (n): A catch of unwanted fish.


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