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dropout factory

A high school that has an unusually high number of students who leave school (drop out) before graduating. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. With so little funding going to public education these days, it's no wonder that so many schools are becoming dropout factories.
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factory farming

An inexpensive and efficient system of farming in which animals are fed for growth and kept in small pens. Usually used in a derogatory manner to highlight the negative consequences of such a system. Can we implement a system that is more humane than factory farming?
See also: factory, farm

on the factory floor

1. In the primary part of a factory where goods are produced or assembled. They figured out that the defect had to do with a manufacturing error on the factory floor.
2. Working in that part of a factory. I spent nearly 10 years on the factory floor before being offered a position in the management team.
See also: factory, floor, on

bone factory

1. A cemetery or graveyard. I refuse to walk through a bone factory at night—all the graves just creep me out.
2. A hospital. Yep, a skiing accident landed Todd in the bone factory with several injuries.
See also: bone, factory

nut factory

old-fashioned slang A derogatory and offensive term for a psychiatric hospital or insane asylum. "Nut" is a derogatory slang term meaning "a crazy person." My great aunt Lidia apparently got locked up in a nut factory when she was a teenager because she said she could commune with ghosts. I can't go to the police about it! They'd throw me in the nut factory if I came to them with such an unbelievable story.
See also: factory, nut

nuthouse

old-fashioned slang A derogatory and offensive term for a psychiatric hospital or insane asylum. "Nut" is a derogatory slang term meaning "a crazy person." My great aunt Lidia apparently got locked up in a nuthouse when she was a teenager because she said she could commune with ghosts. I can't go to the police about it! They'd throw me in the nuthouse if I came to them with such an unbelievable story.

piss factory

dated slang A cheap, grimy bar; a dive bar. As soon as I got out of prison, I went to the first piss factory I could find and drank myself into a welcome stupor.
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spook factory

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). "Spook" is a slang term for an undercover intelligence agent or spy. The 25-year-old from Wisconsin quickly came to be one of the top agents to come out of the spook factory. After 30 years of service in the field, I'm looking to fall back on a cushy administrative job back at the spook factory.
See also: factory, spook

gargle factory

slang A bar. You guys were at the gargle factory until the wee hours of the morning—how hungover are you? It's been a long week—want to go to the gargle factory with me?
See also: factory, gargle

glue factory

Where animals, particularly old horses, are said to be sent so that their bones can be used to make "animal glue" (an adhesive prepared from animal parts). The phrase can also be applied to people. Please don't mention the "glue factory" around my son—he's too young to hear that that's where his favorite old horse went. I'm not that old—don't send me to the glue factory!
See also: factory, glue

bone factory

1. n. a hospital. After about two months in the bone factory, I was back on the job.
2. n. a cemetery. I know I’ll end up in the bone factory just like everyone else.
See also: bone, factory

gargle factory

n. a saloon; a tavern. Gary spends a lot of time at the gargle factory.
See also: factory, gargle

glue factory

n. the place where old horses are sent so their bones can be made into glue; a similar, imaginary place for people. I’m not as young as I used to be, but I’m not ready for the glue factory yet.
See also: factory, glue

nuthouse

and nut factory and nut-foundry and nuthatch
n. an insane asylum. The teacher spent three years in the nuthouse. When did you get out of the nut factory?

nut factory

verb
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piss factory

n. a bar, tavern, or saloon. (Usually objectionable.) I stopped in at the piss factory for a round or two.
See also: factory, piss

spook factory

n. the CIA (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency) near Washington, D.C., where spies are said to be trained. Tom got a job in the spook factory.
See also: factory, spook
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