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Because of the reputation of East German judges for giving low scores to non-East Germans at sporting events.
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- (humorous) Used with an imaginary low score in a competition.
- 1988, Linda Frye Burnham, High Performance:
- The Birdman receives straight 6-figure contracts across the board except from the East German judge, who makes him pay for his own lunch and won't even validate parking.
- August 2003, Tom Clancy, The Teeth of the Tiger, The Berkley Publishing Group (August 2004), p. 444:
- “Nice pop, Aldo.” “Well, I guess a five-point-six from the East German judge. Let’s get moving.”
- 2007, Car and Driver (volume 52, page 72)
- The Camry interior styling and fit and finish get eights, even from the East German judge, but the Kia's pull solid nines.