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a thin strip of wood used in playing the game of jackstraws


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From the cruiser, they look for V-shaped coastlines that funnel the tides, and they look for "jackstraw"--driftwood logs jumbled like a pile of pick-up-sticks--and, most important of all, like prospectors panning in the tailings, they look for "good color," their term for plastic debris visible from afar.
Bevan said: 'If we are guided by people like [Foreign Secretary] JackStraw, who recently shook hands with Robert Mugabe, no wonder we have a lack of government leadership.
Morgan considers Foreign Secretary JackStraw's outlining of the Government's stance on January 23, which stopped short of ordering England not to go but warned of ``deterioration'' in the political situation,as a powerful directive against the tour when read alongside letters from Chris Mullen at the Foreign Office and Sports Minister Richard Caborn.
A sequential check of my annotations against Wall's turns up the following fifteen that, in my view, should appear but do not: "settle" (long wooden bench with a high back and cupboard beneath), "stop" (stay), "abroad" (out of doors), "west room" (an honorific reservation), "perch," "liefer" (prefer to) "skelp" (thrash), "brain-pan" (skull), "jackstraw" (worthless straw) "renege" (break a promise), "drift" (herd), "quench" (kill), "quit off" (leave), "cholera morbus" (infectious cholera), and "raise the topknot" (cause hair to rise).
It was a fine effort across jackstraw deadfall, then up a steep, gravelly grade that left both Mark and me steaming.
Based on the artists' cultural perspectives, the prints include: Liu's "Sisters," which explores women's relationships; Rodriguez's "Homenaje a Selena,"which pays tribute to the late Mexican-American singer and the cycle of life; Saar's "Washtub Blues," which depicts the role of women in the economic survival of families; and Whitehorse's "Jackstraw," which reflects the importance of land and a sense of place.
We shall be doing this at an early date", according to the UK Home Secretary, JackStraw. It will no doubt be a more complicated matter to create systems of co-ordination between the first and third pillars within the context of the Council and in co-operation with the European Commission.
On northern California's Plumas National Forest, an outspoken 31-year fire officer and incident commander, John Maupin, describes a present-day western forest literally woven with "jackstraw" piles of dry, wind-downed and bug-killed timber.
In a limestone draw just down from my place are the jackstraw remains of a moonshiner's cabin.
CRO's Moose Lake camp lies in the middle of a huge burn, bristling with jackstraw blown-down timber--blowdown--overgrown with doghair regrowth trees 10-15 feet high.
Floods have caused severe damage to homes on Warren Street when Jackstraw Brook, which runs under the road, overflows during rainstorms.
Others among the widely varied "South American" cases included one full of exceptional native element, sulfide and sulfosalt specimens from South America (Bill and Carol Smith); a single 35 x 35-cm piece from the great "cranberry tourmaline" find at Brazil's Jonas mine in 1978, half of the specimen being a great glossy quartz crystal, the other half being a jackstraw richness of very red, very gemmy elbaite crystals (Graeber and Himes); and Tom Hughes' case of Peruvian specimens (next door to his very impressive case of self-collected thumbnails from all over the U.S.).
FOREIGN Secretary JackStraw could be asked to intervene on behalf of a Welsh grandfather held in Afghanistan.
Lord Williams of Mostyn,pictured in 2002 with his Jack Russell,Bippy, which had won the Westminster Dog of the Year competition Picture: CHRIS YOUNG; Foreign Secretary JackStraw arriving at Westminster Abbey yesterday; Lord Williams' widow, Lady Williams