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strip mine

[′strip ‚mīn]
(mining engineering)
An opencut mine in which the overburden is removed from a coal bed before the coal is taken out.
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I strip-mine the information that might matter to someone and the ideas that can survive translation into regular English.
From their lab in Chicago, the industry veterans on Wideload's creative team strip-mine their own twisted psyches, forging the raw material into games nobody else has made or played before.
On the Eleventh Day of Christmas Earth Mother wished for Thee Eleven strip-mines canceled Ten species restored Nine landfills halted Eight new global preserves Sevenfold seeds increase Six saved bio-systems Five oceans pure Four new eco-capitalists Three wiser men Two real ozone laws, for One Planet completely toxics free
Written by then-13-year-old co-star Nikki Reed (with the aid of director Catherine Hardwicke), this immersive study of no-longer-girls-gone-wild strip-mines every alarmist notion in pop psych books about modern teens.