swinging chad


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Noun1.swinging chad - a chad that is incompletely removed and still attached at two corners
chad - a small piece of paper that is supposed to be removed when a hole is punched in a card or paper tape
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Also in this category, I place easy-to-recognize holes--puncture marks above the chad, openings that are partially blocked by swinging chads. The second category is reserved for marks that definitely seem a product of an effort to punch the card--deep indentations, punctures that allow a pinhole of light to pass, pushed-back chads that are perforated at spots.
Maybe it's the allure of all those swinging chads, but Tallahassee, Fla., skyrocketed from 64th place into the Top 10 in this year's Better Living Index.