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WORD: BILLET


billet 

Definition: (verb) Provide housing for (military personnel).
Synonyms: cantonquarter
Usage: The citizens who were forced to billet soldiers in their own private homes were understandably irritated by the imposition.Discuss.

 

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Article: HORSEPOWER INDEED


Horsepower Indeed

Early streetcars had horsepower, literally; they were drawn by horses or mules and called “horsecars.” By the late 1880s, there were 415 street railway companies in the US. However, horses could only work for about four hours a day and needed to be groomed, fed, and housed—and they left behind tremendous amounts of waste. These issues, coupled with the introduction of the overhead trolley system in 1887, spelled the end of the horsecar era. Where was the last functional horsecar in the US? More…Discuss