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dynamite charge

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dynamite charge

noun phrase

(also Allen charge, deadlock charge) A very strong charge given by a judge to a jury, seeking to ensure a verdict: might have been better off had the jury been instructed with a dynamite charge

[1990s+ Lawyers; fr a punning use of charge]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • There this fuse was connected with a dynamite charge placed in the crevice of the rock to be destroyed.

    The Gilded Man Clifford Smyth
  • He carefully placed the dynamite charge and dropped swiftly down the ledge with wire and battery.

    Mason of Bar X Ranch Henry Bennett
  • Carefully Dobbs placed the dynamite charge, having trouble in keeping it dry until the fuse could be lighted.

    Dan Carter Cub Scout Mildred A. Wirt
  • When the dynamite charge goes off, it sends shock waves through the earth in all directions.

    The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
  • The young man shot out of his chair as if Mr. Thompson had fired a dynamite charge beneath him.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln

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