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crock

1
1. an earthen pot, jar, etc.
2. a piece of broken earthenware

crock

2
an old broken-down horse or ewe

crock

[American scatologism "crock of shit"] 1. An awkward feature or programming technique that ought to be made cleaner. For example, using small integers to represent error codes without the program interpreting them to the user (as in, for example, Unix "make(1)", which returns code 139 for a process that dies due to segfault).

2. A technique that works acceptably, but which is quite prone to failure if disturbed in the least. For example, a too-clever programmer might write an assembler which mapped instruction mnemonics to numeric opcodes algorithmically, a trick which depends far too intimately on the particular bit patterns of the opcodes. (For another example of programming with a dependence on actual opcode values, see The Story of Mel.) Many crocks have a tightly woven, almost completely unmodifiable structure. See kluge, brittle. The adjectives "crockish" and "crocky", and the nouns "crockishness" and "crockitude", are also used.
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The circumstances of the landing will be examined by government crash investigators, Mr Crock said.
Retailers were required to create a display for their produce department featuring Idaho potatoes, HORMEL Real Bacon Bits and Country Crock Original buttery spread, along with themed point-of-sale material from the IPC, Hormel and Country Crock.
Parts 1 and 2 are devoted primarily to resettlement policy in Australia, and while there is some redundancy when taken as a whole, they also bring home the central argument of Crock's analysis laid out in the introduction about the "Janus-faced" nature of Australian migration policy: that it is among the best in the world for those who come already designated as refugees, while often devastating for asylum seekers subjected to mandatory detention.
While the crock meter device could certainly be thought of as offering a certain mixing or agitation, it is unlikely that you could consider it to be dispersive or distributive.
According to their Nutrition Facts labels, Country Crock, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!, Smart Balance, Promise, BestLife, Olivio, and Brummel & Brown spreads all have 0 grams of trans fat.
They will host coverage of S4C's Champions' Night - which includes the Crock of Gold Final - live from the racetrack.
Then in a quick, strong move, thrusting his body to the edge of the crock, he bent his head toward the water.
Under the terms of the deal Hormel will market and sell Shedd's Country Crock chilled side-dish products under a licence agreement.
Under the terms of the deal, for which no financial details were available, Hormel will market and sell Shedd's Country Crock chilled side-dish products under a licence agreement.
The Boca Raton, Fla., company, which first introduced this revolutionary way of cooking nearly 40 years ago, has modernized its line to include sleek designs, removable stoneware for easy clean-up, programmable functions, and some models that offer two or three crocks for added versatility.
"Crock actually texted me after and wished me all the luck and telling me that was my record,'' he said.
Why do you make it in a crock? And just what makes it "sour," anyway?