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(wɔŋk)
1. n. an earnest student. (Collegiate.) Yes, you could call Martin a wonk. In fact, he’s the classic wonk.
2. n. a bureaucrat; a flunky. The State Department policy wonks were up all night putting together the report.
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When we searched for "trans fat," for example, up came a technical scientific paper about food analysis that only laboratory wonks would find useful.
And then there are the moments, admittedly rare, when Reed sinks to plain old eye-for-an-eye: "Kevin Phillips, in The Cousins' War, refers to a back-country South Carolina population of Scots-Irish of the 1770s that was devoted to `loose hogs, lewd women, and drunken lay-ahouts, something that contemporary Scots-Irish think tank wonks and op-ed columnists might consider when writing yet another article or study that goes after welfare mothers.
A year ago, grassroots immigrant rights mobilizing had made Washington policy wonks stand up and take notice.
Mead does, of course, involve deference to a Customs classification ruling and the government attorneys arguing the case are not necessarily tax wonks.
wiretap law, but privacy wonks are not fully convinced that Carnivore meets those strict guidelines and have been critical of the FBI for using the technology.
Still, the case presents many issues for public policy wonks.
How refreshing, nevertheless, to find such splendid intelligence in a world of Wallers and Wonks, Angelous and Airheads, Crichtons and Crapola.
Among the wonks, you'll find plenty of Jewish names.
Alas, smug Labour wonks rarely admit mistakes, so stand by for their next set of TVbased character "assassinations".
As the Fiscal Studies' wonks warned, the economy is still too fragile for sudden big cutbacks.
He's talking about Democratic Washington: the liberal Ivy League mandarins, consultants, and wonks, many of them refugees from the Clinton administration, insiders whom he believes have run the Democratic Party and the progressive movement into the ground, by valuing compromise over confrontation.
Democrats have been making political hay out of the telecommuting of jobs outside of the United States while exasperated Bush administration policy wonks try to explain to us thick-headed Americans why losing our jobs is actually a good thing.
The "most liberal" label comes from a credible source: the National Journal, bible of Beltway wonks.
A former Director of the Council on Foreign Relations, Cheney brought in his train a cluster of CFR-connected Trotskyite policy wonks eager to spread war and mayhem throughout the Middle East.
Our members and shop stewards know what it's like in the everyday world in a way the policy wonks in Number 10 do not.