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wasp

(wŏsp, wôsp)
n.
Any of numerous social or solitary hymenopterans of the suborder Apocrita, especially of the family Vespidae, that characteristically have a slender hairless body with a constricted abdomen, two pairs of membranous wings, a mouth adapted for biting or sucking, and in the females an ovipositor sometimes modified as a sting.

wasp′y adj.
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(1) Wasp

A flying insect of the order Hymenoptera whose sting may trigger allergic reactions of variable intensity
(2) WASP

A commonly used acronym for
Informatics Wireless application service provider
Molecular medicine Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein
Vox populi White Anglo-Saxon Protestant The demographic profile of the typical upper-class American until the end of the 20th century
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For Raj, in particular, it is not the rite of passage constituted in the death of the mother which is crucial to identity and development but the intercultural encounter with his WASPy colleague Julia, who helps expand his psychological horizons (Friedman 138)--literally by putting in his head the idea of "seeing the world", and symbolically, as described below, by enabling him to query his essentialist understanding of whiteness.
The Harvard-educated young president was in many ways more WASPY than the WASPS; Catholics perceived through Kennedy a chance to enter mainstream American society, on equal footing with Protestants but also saw that in doing so they would have to put aside their particularities.
It shows the actor dressed as an aviator along with a WASPy everyman exhibitor; together they push the Kaiser through a meat grinder, with money pouring out the bottom and filling a container labeled "box office." The roles are now reversed from the previous ad, with the "good guys" this time using the meat grinder to serve "our" pro-social purposes and the Kaiser suffering as he is pressed through the machine and turned into inanimate objects, this time dollars and cents.
In fact, Van Sant indicates that his alter ego in Idaho is Scott, the heterosexual: "'Like Scott, I'm hanging out on the streets, trying to get to know this clandestine scene, but I'm really just a Waspy white kid who has no business there'" (ibid.).
He worries that these Latinos will never assimilate as well as preceding European ethnic hordes did into the WASPy New Jerusalem of the U.S.
Coming to the starched, stressful and WASPy Post was for Mary' in her own words, "a culture shock." It must have escalated into political shock in recent years when the Post's editorial page veered sharply right, a megaphonic cheering section for U.S.
Let's say I chose this big Waspy, white FBI guy and a Muslim guy to interrogate.
In alternating chapters, Rose remembers his childhood in a WASPy Connecticut town where he, in his own way, had to find hiding places both real and imagined--a narrative device that enhances the suspense of the memoir and gives us a sense of Rose's sometime unsure place in the Jewish world.
"Executives know that Bond is perceived as being too stiff, too WASPy and too buttoned-up," said Hollywood writer Lorenza Munoz.
With an almost fetishistic attention to detail, Lauren made his name borrowing designs popular with the Waspy elite and making them available to those without the pedigree.
Robinson, inciting the Israelites to worship the golden calf, rounding on Moses and snarling (you can practically see him with a cigar), "Where's your God now, Moses?" The other is Anne Baxter as a remarkably WASPy Egyptian princess, Nefretiri, flaring her nostrils, tossing her chin and crying, "Oh Moses, Moses, you stubborn, splendid, adorable fool!"