The gaping hole in the bill involves a concept known as off-balance sheet accounting.
“This is a huge, gaping hole in accountability,” says Flournoy.
The dolls, with their gaping mouths, are symbols or ciphers that provide a visual scaffolding for social observation.
early 13c., from an unrecorded Old English word or else from Old Norse gapa "to open the mouth, gape," common West Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch, Dutch gapen, German gaffen "to gape, stare," Swedish gapa, Danish gabe), from PIE *ghai- (see gap). Related: Gaped; gaping. As a noun, from 1530s.