11 definitions by Chuck Hastings

A Hebrew/Yiddish word, often used (and spelled various ways) in English; particularly used in southern California. There is no exact English equivalent word; `operator' is maybe the closest. A gonif operates on the shadowy borders of illegality and/or impropriety, and gets away with it, and is not quite an outright crook. The word seems to combine proper moral disapproval with sneaking admiration. Reference: 'The Joys of Yiddish,' by Leo Rosten.
Seymour was an accomplished and clever gonif. He could con birds out of trees, and could figure out how to game any bureaucratic system within a few minutes.
by Chuck Hastings June 30, 2003
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A person in charge of some group or of some function, usually a male person. A Japanese word, often mistakenly thought to be of Spanish origin. In Japanese it's a term for a small-time yakuza gangster in charge of just a few underlings, but the underworld flavor has mostly been lost as the word has been adopted into English.
He quickly got promoted to be the head marketing honcho in that dot.com startup.
by Chuck Hastings June 30, 2003
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Intertwined in a tangled manner.
John's and Marsha's bodies were passionately intertwingled.

The kitten left my knitting yarns hopelessly intertwingled.
by Chuck Hastings June 28, 2003
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One who believes that principles are more important than people, or results.
Osama bin Laden
Tomas Torquemada
Jerry Falwell
Meir Kahane
Ted Unabomber

One can be a fundamentalist in any religious or secular creed.
by Chuck Hastings June 28, 2003
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Originally a Hebrew word, popularized in English by the cartoonist Herb Gardner. A `sad sack,' a loser, a person who can't make any thing or any situation work right for him or her; unassertive, shy, timid. Reference: `The Joys of Yiddish,' by Leo Rosten. His definition is "An innocuous, ineffectual, weak, helpless or hapless unfortunate." There are other spellings also.
The poor little fourth-grader was such a nebbish that she peed in her pants, rather than speaking up and asking the teacher for a hall pass to go to the bathroom.
by Chuck Hastings June 30, 2003
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A political fence-sitter, who won't come down on either side of the fence and tries to have things both ways. Originally an Algonquin Indian word; used in American politics for more than a century.
He was a mugwump about supporting the Iraq war. He had his mug on one side of that issue, and his wump on the other.
by Chuck Hastings June 30, 2003
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The classic problem of trying to scrunch twenty-eight poinds of
shit into a twenty-seven-pound basket.
by Chuck Hastings June 28, 2003
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