The Arabs

The Arabs

During the 1980s, a slang term describing the cause for any unpredictable or unexplainable upswing or downswing in the markets. That is, when traders could not explain why the market moved in a certain way, they would jokingly blame (or credit) "the Arabs." The term was popularized by the book Liar's Poker, which describes the author's experience as a bond trader on Wall Street in the 1980s.
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Then the Arabs melted through the doorway into the darkness of the court.
So closely packed was the howling, cursing mob that no weapon could be wielded to advantage, and none of the Arabs dared use a firearm for fear of wounding one of his compatriots.
With a creaking and rending of breaking wood it collapsed beneath the Arabs, leaving Tarzan, Abdul, and the girl alone upon the frail platform at the top.
A tremendous howl was heard from the Arabs, but, completely engrossed by the pursuit, they had not taken notice of the balloon, which was now but five hundred paces behind them, and only about thirty feet from the ground.
Joe clung with all his strength to the ladder during the wide oscillations that it had to describe, and then making an indescribable gesture to the Arabs, and climbing with the agility of a monkey, he sprang up to his companions, who received him with open arms.
Repulsed by the firm attitude of the battalion, the Arabs threw themselves with fury towards the
He was down, with his head lower than his legs, among the bushes, and the Arabs began to think of leaving their intrenchments to come and cut off his head or take his body - as is the custom with the infidels.
The sergeant with his detail met the Arabs two hundred yards from the camp.
Then he went very white and took a half-step toward the Arab.
And thus it was that Achmet Zek, the Arab, found him.
Achmet Zek took the Belgian into his confidence to a great extent, and at last unfolded to him a pet scheme which the Arab had long fostered, but which he never had found an opportunity to effect.
Of course the real name of the place is El something or other, but the boys still refuse to recognize the Arab names or try to pronounce them.