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Feb 16, 2006
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eustasy
pangaea
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locust years
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locust years

(LO-kuhst yeerz) Pronunciation Sound Clip

noun: A period of economic hardship.

[Coined by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to refer to the mid 1930s in Britain, after "the years that the locust hath eaten" from the Bible, Joel 2:25.]

"President Olusegun Obasanjo's numerous foreign trips have been rationalized on account of rebuilding the country's global image, dented during the country's locust years of military dictatorship."
Charles Onunaiju; National Power and Foreign Policy; The Vanguard Daily (Nigeria); Sep 14, 2000.

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