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- phrase idiomatic
- phrase idiomatic, law, government Meeting a deadline by delivery after the day of the deadline but before opening of business the following business day.
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Refers to the idea of a writer tossing a manuscript through the open window over the door of the publisher's office. Alternatively, a "transom" is the nautical term for the back of a small boat. Something which "came in over the transom" would have suddenly (and presumably, surprisingly) entered through the "back door" of the craft, metaphorically.
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