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Whatsit

A generic term for any product, especially a manufactured product. It is used in text books and academic papers to provide an example without using specifics. A whatsit is a less common term than a widget, and usually is used if the example includes two products: widgets and whatsits.
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Life has a habit of booting you in the whatsits when you least expect it.
The smart money says it involves a kicking - either in the whatsits or out of the house.
reading, writing and discussing offside thingies and penalty whatsits with his pals.
"Before it started I would have been freezing my whatsits off in Newmarket riding three or four horses on the gallops and that would have been it unless you were lucky enough to get a job abroad.
No doubt these gizmos are the dogs' whatsits but, ye Gods, just think about the size of the instruction manuals.They'll be as thick as War And Peace and about as easy to understand in its original Russian.
You can get your whatsits squeezed and they'll yank your fingers back off the ball.
Or was it tit-for-tat that ended with a boot in the whatsits?john traynor (no byline)