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21 definitions by Tom from the Shore

 
1.
A German self-propelled gun used during World War II. It was an 88mm gun on a Panzer 4 chassis. Literally, Hummel is German for "bumblebee."
A Hummel battery was providing antiaircraft protection for that German convoy.

Two Hummels were destroyed by bazookas.
by Tom from the Shore April 02, 2008
 
2.
A term often used to refer to a toy or model train. Lionel is a company that has been making electric trains for over 100 years. Its name has become synonymous with model trains in America. Lionel is often used as a catch-all term for electric trains, whether they are Lionel brand or not. Most of the time, the term refers to the three-rail "O" and "O27" gauge trains. However, it can refer to any model train.
Every holiday season, John has a Lionel running under the Yule tree.

My grandfather used to have Lionels.
by Tom from the Shore November 15, 2007
 
3.
Among soldiers in the 1970s, there was no such thing as a sky hook. It was a fictional item used to send rookies on a wild goose chase.
"Private, go over to Charlie Battery and ask them if they can lend yo ua sky hook."
by Tom from the Shore October 30, 2007
 
4.
Slang term for a Zambian soldier. The term originated in the 1970s with White mercenaries in the region of Zambia, Rhodesia, Botswana, South Africa.
The Zamboons were trading mortar fire with Botswana.
by Tom from the Shore October 25, 2007
 
5.
1) A specific type of model electric train. Known both as H.O. scale and H.O. gauge. The letters come from "Half-O", since H.O. was originally half the size of an O gauge train. The scale of H.O. is 1/67, and its gauge is 16.5mm. H.O. trains are the most popular size in the world.

2) the scale of H.O. trains, which is 1/87. It can eb applied to trains, minitaure figures, or model kits.
1) Jimmy has a set of H.O. trains running in his basement.

The Hobby Shop carries H.O. trains

2) Are those model plains 1/72 or H.O. scale?

This diorama is done to a precise H.O. scale.
by Tom from the Shore November 15, 2007
 
6.
Among artillerymen, a nonexistent item used to trick rookies. It is commonly used to send rookies on a wild goose chase. (Muzzle blast is the burst of smoke and fire that erupts from the muzzle when a shell is fired.)
"Private, go to the supply sergeant and see if he can find you a bucket of muzzle blast."
by Tom from the Shore October 30, 2007
 
7.
A derogatory term for Italians, drawn from the word "guinea."
Things were okay until those spaghettie-bending guinzoids started coming around here.
by Tom from the Shore October 23, 2007