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plastic grin

A forced, artificial smile; a smile someone wears despite having no feelings of happiness or joy. John seemed fine at first glance, but before long I could tell that he was wearing a plastic grin and that something was bothering him. Look at his big plastic grin—he's such a con man! I sure hope he doesn't win the election.
See also: grin, plastic

plastic smile

A forced, artificial smile; a smile someone wears despite having no feelings of happiness or joy. John seemed fine at first glance, but before long, I could tell that he was wearing a plastic smile and that something was bothering him. Look at that his big plastic smile—he's such a conman! I sure hope he doesn't win the election.
See also: plastic, smile

plastic

1. mod. phony; false. She wears too much makeup and looks totally plastic.
2. n. a plastic credit card. I don’t carry any cash, just plastic.
3. mod. having to do with credit cards and their use. There is too much plastic debt in most households.

plastic punk

n. falsely stylish. Isn’t all punk really plastic punk?
See also: plastic, punk
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Pfeffer also says that a baler that offers "partial baler chamber penetration" can help to remove air space in the plastic material, which can help to improve bale density.
The American Plastics Council respectfully requests that EHP address the misinformation that appeared in these articles and which is available on the EHP website.
Do you choose #1 (PETE) and #2 (HDPE) plastic packaging instead of those that aren't recydable: #3 (PVC), #4 (LDPE), #5 (PP), #6 (PS), and #7 (Other)?
Yet there is a demand for the raw material by companies that use old sacks to make more bags or plastic building materials.
So far, the FDA and representatives from the plastics industry have resisted these requests, arguing compounds like bisphenol A do not leach out of plastic containers at high-enough levels to pose any health threat.
If pollution of groundwater near landfills is the environmental issue we should be concerned about, there is a problem with both paper and plastic.
Because the chemical bonds--or links--between the molecules are strong, the plastic is durable.
To convert coal and plastic simultaneously into oil right now costs about $27 or $28 per barrel, compared with $18 to $20 per barrel for imported oil.
Unlike metal patterns that require a great deal of expensive fabrication equipment and considerable handwork, plastic materials also can be formed to near net shape using much less expensive equipment.
By using the plastic media, tool life is reported to be significantly longer since there is no damage to the metal surfaces.
On the surface, these percentages seem to imply that plastic is more than "slightly" preferred.
SPE has made a significant difference to the technologies and innovations the industry enjoys today in honoring the new materials that are making plastic so convenient.
Lukacs addressed attendees of the inaugural Recycling Taday's Plastics Recycling Conference & Trade Show as part of a panel discussing methods for collecting more plastic for recycling.
One industrial activity that has been significantly impacted by this ban is the manufacture of plastic foams--lightweight alternatives to solid plastic that are valued for their flexibility and ability to insulate, as well as their cushioning ability and (in marine applications) enhanced flotation.