[Ads-l] fuzz = uncertainty, ambiguity

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jun 15 16:09:43 EDT 2017


On Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 2:29 PM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:

On Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 2:16 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
> [snip]
> > Associated Press, Aug. 25, 2003 [Factiva]
> > In an interview Monday, [NASA administrator Sean] O'Keefe said the report
> > "is going to have no fuzz on it, no gloves. It is going to be
> > straightforward."
>
> "no gloves"?
>

As in, "with (the) gloves off." This report (on the Space Shuttle Columbia
disaster) pulled no punches.

--bgz

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