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  • n  periodic shedding of the cuticle in arthropods or the outer skin in reptiles
  • v  cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers

  • And in good hands, words can be made to jump, molt, wiggle, shrink, flash, collide, fight, strut, and turn themselves inside out or upside down.
  • Medicare, a feather in Democratic caps, may begin to molt a little around July 1, when millions of aged Americans become eligible for its benefits but learn that there may not be .
  • They molt three or four times a year.
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  • Barack Obama in New York Times
    CHICAGO - Saying he "didn't molt from a hawk into a dove on Jan. 20, 2009," Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates sharply criticized Congress on Thursday for trying to push more F-22 fighter jets into the Pentagon budget than he and President Obama...
  • Robert Gates in Politico
    I did not molt from a hawk to a dove on Jan. 20, 2009,Gates said.
  • David L. Wagner in New York Times
    A Mardi Gras caterpillar that is out of costume only after a molt,Dr. Wagner writes.

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