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Eastwooding (verb)

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Origin: The Internet's endless capacity for meme-ification

1. A verb coined to describe what Clint Eastwood did onstage during the Republican National Convention, when he spoke to a chair on which he said an invisible President Barack Obama was seated. 2. What happens when you give an aging movie star free rein to express his political views in front of a national audience, not to mention every political reporter in the country.

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