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A complicated condition or structure; complex, involved, or confused relationship of parts
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  1. A complicated condition or structure; complex, involved, or confused relationship of parts
  2. The act of complicating, or making involved
  3. (Medicine) A secondary disease, an accident, or a negative reaction occurring during the course of an illness and usually aggravating the illness.
A question proposed for solution or consideration
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  1. A question proposed for solution or consideration
  2. A misgiving, objection, or complaint:
  3. A situation, matter, or person that is hard to deal with or understand:
An act or statement of defiance; a call to confrontation:
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  1. An act or statement of defiance; a call to confrontation:
  2. (Law) A formal objection or exception to a person who has been chosen as a prospective juror
  3. A call to engage in a contest, fight, or competition:
Any undertaking, idea, etc. that leads to nothing
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  1. Any undertaking, idea, etc. that leads to nothing
  2. A mistaken, unproductive undertaking.
  3. An alley or passage that is closed at one end.
A cause or condition of worry or irritation; trouble; fuss
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  1. A cause or condition of worry or irritation; trouble; fuss
  2. Fuss, ado.
  3. A person who gives trouble
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  1. A troublesome situation; a problem; a predicament or quandary.
  2. (Informal) A difficult, restrictive, or unresolvable situation:
  3. To combine with, form a bond with, or be taken up by a chemical or chemical structure. An enzyme, for example, is structured in such a way as to be able to bind with its substrate.
The weight of the cargo carried by a vessel at one time.
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  1. The weight of the cargo carried by a vessel at one time.
  2. In property law, anything that encumbers or restrict the use or value of land, such as an easement, restrictive covenant, or zoning ordinance. The burden indefinitely binds the current and all future owners until it is extinguished, so it is the land, and the landowner, that is burdened by the encumbrance or restriction. See estate.
  3. A source of great worry or stress; weight:
Something complex:
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  1. Something complex:
  2. The quality or condition of being complex.
  3. (Countable) That which is and renders complex; intricacy; complication.
(Chess) A strong grip or stranglehold on a position that is difficult for the opponent to break.
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  1. (Chess) A strong grip or stranglehold on a position that is difficult for the opponent to break.
  2. (Informal) A difficult, restrictive, or unresolvable situation:
  3. To combine with, form a bond with, or be taken up by a chemical or chemical structure. An enzyme, for example, is structured in such a way as to be able to bind with its substrate.
The act of confronting or the state of being confronted, especially a meeting face to face.
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  1. The act of confronting or the state of being confronted, especially a meeting face to face.
  2. A conflict involving armed forces:
  3. A focused comparison:
A statement or point that one argues for as true or valid
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  1. A statement or point that one argues for as true or valid
  2. A striving to win in competition; rivalry:
  3. The act of contending; strife, struggle, controversy, dispute, quarrel, etc.
Anything that gets in the way or hinders; impediment; obstruction; hindrance
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  1. Anything that gets in the way or hinders; impediment; obstruction; hindrance
  2. Something that stands in the way of or holds up progress:
Something that obstructs; an obstacle:
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  1. Something that obstructs; an obstacle:
  2. (Sports) The act of impeding another player in violation of the rules, as when a player impedes the progress of an opponent not in possession of the puck in ice hockey.
  3. The act of obstructing:
A speech defect; stutter, lisp, stammer, etc.
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  1. A speech defect; stutter, lisp, stammer, etc.
  2. A physical defect, especially one that interferes with speech.
  3. Anything preventing the making of a legal contract, esp. of a marriage contract
  1. (Idiomatic) A hindrance, obstacle or impediment.
  2. (Idiomatic) Alternative spelling of stumbling block.
  3. An obstacle, hindrance, or difficulty standing in the way of progress or understanding
A break, pull, or tear in fabric.
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  1. A break, pull, or tear in fabric.
  2. A piece, part, or point that sticks out, esp. one that is sharp or rough, as the broken end of a tree limb
  3. An unexpected or hidden obstacle, difficulty, etc.
(Slang) A period of time served, as of military service, imprisonment, etc.
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  1. (Slang) A period of time served, as of military service, imprisonment, etc.
  2. A fastening or catch; thing or part used to connect or join together
  3. A device used to connect one thing to another:
Hard circumstances of life
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  1. Hard circumstances of life
  2. The difficulty or distress resulting to an individual or entity from a court decision, zoning decision, or passage of a law; taken into account as one factor in an equity proceeding. The difficulty or distress resulting to an individual or entity from a court decision, zoning decision, or passage of a law; taken into account as one factor in an equity proceeding.
  3. A thing hard to bear; specific cause of discomfort or suffering, as poverty, pain, etc.
Extreme hardship or difficulty
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  1. Extreme hardship or difficulty
  2. Stiffness; rigidity; specif., a condition of rigidity in bodily tissues or organs, in which there is no response to stimuli
  3. A harsh or trying circumstance; a hardship or difficulty:
An instance of misfortune; calamity
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  1. An instance of misfortune; calamity
  2. A state of wretchedness or misfortune; poverty and trouble
  3. A calamitous event.
Bad luck; ill fortune; trouble; adversity
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  1. Bad luck; ill fortune; trouble; adversity
  2. An undesirable event such as an accident
  3. The condition resulting from bad fortune or ill luck:
Unpredictable changes or variations that keep occurring in life, fortune, etc.; shifting circumstances; ups and downs
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  1. Unpredictable changes or variations that keep occurring in life, fortune, etc.; shifting circumstances; ups and downs
  2. A difficulty that is likely to occur, esp. one that is inherent in a situation
  3. A usually unforeseen change in circumstance or experience that affects one's life, especially in a trying way:
A situation that requires a choice between options that are or seem equally unfavorable or unsatisfactory.
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  1. A situation that requires a choice between options that are or seem equally unfavorable or unsatisfactory.
  2. Any serious problem
  3. Any situation in which one must choose between unpleasant alternatives
Great effort or a series of efforts; violent exertion
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  1. Great effort or a series of efforts; violent exertion
  2. The act of struggling:
  3. Something that is difficult to do or achieve:
Something highly intricate or convoluted in character, composition, or construction:
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  1. Something highly intricate or convoluted in character, composition, or construction:
  2. An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one's way; a maze.
  3. The system of interconnecting canals and spaces that make up the inner ear of many vertebrates. The labyrinth has both a bony component, made up of the cochlea, the semicircular canals, and the vestibule, and a membranous one.
A confusing, intricate network of winding pathways; specif., such a network with one or more pathways that are shut off at their ends, used as in behavioral testing of animals
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  1. A confusing, intricate network of winding pathways; specif., such a network with one or more pathways that are shut off at their ends, used as in behavioral testing of animals
  2. A labyrinth; a puzzle consisting of a complicated network of paths or passages, the aim of which is to find one's way.
  3. A physical situation in which it is easy to get lost:
A barrier constructed across a road, especially as a military defence
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  1. A barrier constructed across a road, especially as a military defence
  2. A usually temporary structure set up to restrict or control the movement of people or conveyances:
  3. A usually improvised structure set up, as across a route of access, to obstruct the passage of an enemy or opponent.
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  1. (Archaic) category
  2. (Logic) One of the basic states or classifications described by Aristotle into which all things can be placed; a category.
  3. A condition or situation, now specif. one that is difficult, unpleasant, embarrassing, or, sometimes, comical
A solemn pledge, as of faith.
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  1. A solemn pledge, as of faith.
  2. A condition or state of affairs; esp., now, an awkward, sad, or dangerous situation
  3. A situation, especially a bad or unfortunate one.
A passage open only at one end; blind alley
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  1. A passage open only at one end; blind alley
  2. A situation that is so difficult that no progress can be made; a deadlock or a stalemate:
  3. A situation offering no escape, as a difficulty without solution, an argument where no agreement is possible, etc.
A fastening made by tying together lengths of material, such as rope, in a prescribed way.
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  1. A fastening made by tying together lengths of material, such as rope, in a prescribed way.
  2. A lump or knob in a thread, cord, etc., formed by passing one free end through a loop and drawing it tight, or by a tangle drawn tight
  3. (Nautical) A unit of speed, equal to one nautical mile per hour.
A state of uncertainty; perplexing situation or position; dilemma
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  1. A state of uncertainty; perplexing situation or position; dilemma
The act of preventing the accomplishment or fulfillment of something:
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  1. The act of preventing the accomplishment or fulfillment of something:
  2. Contract law: an inability to carry out a contract or perform a term of the contract due to supervening circumstances beyond the parties’ control, such as an event of force majeure. Contract law: an inability to carry out a contract or perform a term of the contract due to supervening circumstances beyond the parties’ control, such as an event of force majeure.
  3. The feeling or state of being frustrated:
Wet, boggy ground, yielding under the foot
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  1. Wet, boggy ground, yielding under the foot
  2. A difficult or inextricable position
  3. (Figuratively) A perilous, mixed up and troubled situation; a hopeless tangle; a predicament.
(Sports) In soccer, hockey, etc., an intentional transfer of the ball, puck, etc. to another player during play; also, an attempt to do so, whether or not successful
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  1. (Sports) In soccer, hockey, etc., an intentional transfer of the ball, puck, etc. to another player during play; also, an attempt to do so, whether or not successful
  2. (Computing, slang) A password (especially one for a restricted-access website).
  3. A condition or situation, often critical in nature; a predicament:
A place or situation into which entry can be swift and sudden but from which extrication can be difficult or impossible:
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  1. A place or situation into which entry can be swift and sudden but from which extrication can be difficult or impossible:
  2. A deep, semifluid deposit or bed of sand in which an animal, heavy object, etc. may be trapped or engulfed
  3. A deep bed of loose, smoothly rounded sand grains, saturated with water and forming a soft, shifting mass that yields easily to pressure and tends to engulf objects resting on its surface. Although it is possible for a person to drown while mired in quicksand, the human body is less dense than any quicksand and is thus not drawn or sucked beneath the surface as is sometimes popularly believed.
A sudden change in the course of a disease or fever, toward either improvement or deterioration.
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  1. A sudden change in the course of a disease or fever, toward either improvement or deterioration.
  2. A time of, or a state of affairs involving, great danger or trouble, often one which threatens to result in unpleasant consequences
  3. A crucial or decisive point or situation, especially a difficult or unstable situation involving an impending change.
The act or an instance of pinching.
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  1. The act or an instance of pinching.
  2. An emergency situation:
  3. Difficulty or hardship:
Effort, especially when inconvenient or bothersome:
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  1. Effort, especially when inconvenient or bothersome:
  2. A state of distress, affliction, difficulty, or need:
  3. A person, circumstance, or event that causes annoyance, distress, difficulty, etc.
An overabundance:
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  1. An overabundance:
  2. The act or an instance of embarrassing:
  3. A source or cause of being embarrassed:
A confused or complicated disagreement.
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  1. A confused or complicated disagreement.
  2. A difficult or intricate situation; an entanglement.
  3. A complicated situation; an entanglement
The required minimum distance between a building and a property line (often, specif., the front property line) established by local code or ordinance
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  1. The required minimum distance between a building and a property line (often, specif., the front property line) established by local code or ordinance
  2. (Architecture) A step-like recession in a wall.
  3. An unanticipated or sudden check in progress; a change from better to worse.
(Anat.) A blind pouch, as the cecum
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  1. (Anat.) A blind pouch, as the cecum
  2. A situation from which there is no escape
  3. A passage or position with only one outlet; blind alley; specif., a dead-end street with a turnaround at the closed end
An end of a passage, especially a street, that affords no exit.
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  1. An end of a passage, especially a street, that affords no exit.
  2. A situation or subject that allows for no progress or development.
  3. A situation from which there seems no way to escape, move forward, etc.; an impasse
A standstill resulting from the action of equal and opposed forces; stalemate
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  1. A standstill resulting from the action of equal and opposed forces; stalemate
  2. (Computing) An inability to continue due to two programs or devices each requiring a response from the other before completing an operation
  3. A tie between opponents in the course of a contest
A group of people, usually soldiers or sailors, who regularly eat meals together.
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  1. A group of people, usually soldiers or sailors, who regularly eat meals together.
  2. A disorderly or confused collection or mass of things; jumble; hodgepodge
  3. One that is in such a condition:
A layer or mass of dead tissue separated from surrounding living tissue, as in a wound, sore, or inflammation.
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  1. A layer or mass of dead tissue separated from surrounding living tissue, as in a wound, sore, or inflammation.
  2. A depression or hollow, usually filled with deep mud or mire.
  3. A swamp, bog, or marsh, esp. one that is part of an inlet or backwater
A statement that is self-contradictory or logically untenable, though based on a valid deduction from acceptable premises.
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  1. A statement that is self-contradictory or logically untenable, though based on a valid deduction from acceptable premises.
  2. A statement that seems contradictory, unbelievable, or absurd but that may be true in fact (Ex.: “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink”)
  3. A person, situation, act, etc. that seems to have contradictory or inconsistent qualities
A toy or problem for testing cleverness, skill, or ingenuity; often, specif., jigsaw puzzle
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  1. A toy or problem for testing cleverness, skill, or ingenuity; often, specif., jigsaw puzzle
  2. Anything that is difficult to understand or make sense of.
  3. A game for one person that is more or less difficult to work out or complete.
Mental confusion
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  1. Mental confusion
  2. A state of mental confusion.
  3. A confused or disordered condition; mess, jumble, etc.
A piece of wet, spongy land that is permanently or periodically covered with water, characterized by growths of shrubs and trees; marsh; bog
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  1. A piece of wet, spongy land that is permanently or periodically covered with water, characterized by growths of shrubs and trees; marsh; bog
  2. An area of low-lying wet or seasonally flooded land, often having trees and dense shrubs or thickets.
  3. An area of low-lying land that is frequently flooded, especially one dominated by woody plants.
Plural form of strait
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A group crowded together; a crush.
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  1. A group crowded together; a crush.
  2. Pressure or intimidation to comply with a demand, as to make an extortion payment:
  3. A facsimile impression made by pressing a soft substance onto something, as a coin or inscription
A baffling question or problem.
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  1. A baffling question or problem.
  2. One who poses.
  3. A person who poses; esp., a poseur
The basic, central, or critical point or feature:
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  1. The basic, central, or critical point or feature:
  2. A puzzling or apparently insoluble problem.
  3. A difficult problem; puzzling thing
A sudden, generally unexpected occurrence or set of circumstances demanding immediate action
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  1. A sudden, generally unexpected occurrence or set of circumstances demanding immediate action
  2. Cardiac arrest is an emergency and if you find someone in cardiac arrest you should call 999 immediately.
  3. A serious situation or occurrence that happens unexpectedly and demands immediate action.
  1. Complete immobility; halt
  2. A stop, halt, or cessation
  3. Complete cessation of activity or progress:
Any person or thing that hinders; obstacle; impediment; obstruction
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  1. Any person or thing that hinders; obstacle; impediment; obstruction
  2. The state or act of hindering something
  3. Something which hinders: something that holds back or causes problems with something else.
Anything inconvenient
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  1. Anything inconvenient
  2. Something inconvenient.
  3. The quality or state of being inconvenient; lack of comfort, ease, etc.; bother; trouble
An unfavorable condition or position:
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  1. An unfavorable condition or position:
  2. An unfavorable situation or circumstance; drawback; handicap
  3. Something that places one in an unfavorable condition or position:
An act or remark that annoys or hurts another.
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  1. An act or remark that annoys or hurts another.
  2. A substance or preparation applied by rubbing, especially:
  3. A seasoning made of ground spices and herbs, applied to the surface of meat, fish, or vegetables before cooking.
Something that perplexes:
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  1. Something that perplexes:
  2. Something that is perplexed, or complicated
  3. The condition of being perplexed; bewilderment; confusion
Something that impedes or prevents action or progress:
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  1. Something that impedes or prevents action or progress:
  2. (--- Chiefly British) A small insignia worn on a military decoration indicating that it has been awarded an additional time.
  3. A legal obstacle or barrier that prevents or destroys a legal action or claim, especially one that prevents the relitigation of an issue or the formation of a valid contract. See also double jeopardy, estoppel, merger, plea, and res judicata. A legal obstacle or barrier that prevents or destroys a legal action or claim, especially one that prevents the relitigation of an issue or the formation of a valid contract. See also double jeopardy, estoppel, merger, plea, and res judicata. To prevent, prohibit, or act as a bar to. In bar. As a bar to an action. For example, if a defendant in a criminal action was acquitted earlier of the same charges that he is now accused, he may plead double jeopardy in bar. At bar. Now before the court. For example, an action that is before the court may be referred to as the case at bar. The legal profession in general. A group of attorneys admitted to practice law in a particular jurisdiction or before a particular court or who practice in a common field or area of expertise in the law. The railing in a courtroom that separates the area used by the judge, lawyers, and court personnel to conduct judicial business from the seating provided for observers. See also bench.
A formal adversarial proceeding to hear evidence and decide legal issues and claims. Trials are covered by established rules of courtroom procedure as well as rules of evidence.
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  1. A formal adversarial proceeding to hear evidence and decide legal issues and claims. Trials are covered by established rules of courtroom procedure as well as rules of evidence.
  2. The act or process of testing, trying, or putting to the proof:
  3. (Law) A proceeding in which opposing parties in a dispute present evidence and make arguments on the application of the law before a judge or jury:
A draft signed by a person (the drawer or maker) that directs a bank (the drawee) to pay, on demand and without conditions, a specific sum of money to another person (the payee). Usually the funds are withdrawn from an account or a deposit that the drawer or maker has with the bank. Also called cheque. A draft signed by a person (the drawer or maker) that directs a bank (the drawee) to pay, on demand and without conditions, a specific sum of money to another person (the payee). Usually the funds are withdrawn from an account or a deposit that the drawer or maker has with the bank. Also called cheque.
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  1. A draft signed by a person (the drawer or maker) that directs a bank (the drawee) to pay, on demand and without conditions, a specific sum of money to another person (the payee). Usually the funds are withdrawn from an account or a deposit that the drawer or maker has with the bank. Also called cheque. A draft signed by a person (the drawer or maker) that directs a bank (the drawee) to pay, on demand and without conditions, a specific sum of money to another person (the payee). Usually the funds are withdrawn from an account or a deposit that the drawer or maker has with the bank. Also called cheque.
A possible source of danger:
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  1. A possible source of danger:
  2. A chance of being injured or harmed:
  3. (Sports) An obstacle, such as a sand trap, found on a golf course.
(Boxing) Any of the four areas in the ring where the ropes meet to form 90° angles, esp., either of two such areas at opposite ends of the ring, used by the boxers between rounds for rest and medical attention
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  1. (Boxing) Any of the four areas in the ring where the ropes meet to form 90° angles, esp., either of two such areas at opposite ends of the ring, used by the boxers between rounds for rest and medical attention
  2. (--- Baseball) Either side of home plate, toward or away from the batter.
  3. Something used to form, mark, protect, or decorate a corner
(Sports) The small pit lined with a cup into which a golf ball must be hit.
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  1. (Sports) The small pit lined with a cup into which a golf ball must be hit.
  2. (Physics) A vacant position in an atom left by the absence of a valence electron, especially a position in a semiconductor that acts as a carrier of positive electric charge.
  3. A gap, usually the valence band of an insulator or semiconductor, that would normally be filled with one electron. If an electron accelerated by a voltage moves into a gap, it leaves a gap behind it, and in this way the hole itself appears to move through the substance. Even though holes are in fact the absence of a negatively charged particle (an electron), they can be treated theoretically as positively charged particles, whose motion gives rise to electric current.
A dilemma in which someone receives contradictory instructions and cannot act on either.
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  1. A dilemma in which someone receives contradictory instructions and cannot act on either.
  2. A situation in which a person is faced with contradictory demands or expectations, so that any action taken will appear to be wrong
  3. A psychological impasse created when a person perceives that someone in a position of power is making contradictory demands, so that no response is appropriate.
An embarrassing or difficult predicament.
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  1. An embarrassing or difficult predicament.
  2. A fight or conflict
  3. A disagreeable or embarrassing situation; predicament, esp. when caused by one's own conduct
Trouble; difficulty:
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  1. Trouble; difficulty:
  2. (Informal) Trouble; difficulty
  3. Used other than as an idiom: see hot,‎ water.
A situation fraught with trouble, hostility, risk, etc.
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  1. A situation fraught with trouble, hostility, risk, etc.
(Idiomatic) A troublesome situation; an issue whose resolution is difficult or contentious, but not necessarily complex.
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  1. (Idiomatic) A troublesome situation; an issue whose resolution is difficult or contentious, but not necessarily complex.
  2. (Idiomatic) A complex, troublesome situation arising when a decision or action produces considerable subsequent problems.
A solution of brine or vinegar, often spiced, for preserving and flavoring food.
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  1. A solution of brine or vinegar, often spiced, for preserving and flavoring food.
  2. (Informal) An awkward or difficult situation; plight
  3. A chemical bath used to clear metal of scale, preserve wood, etc.
To kill and preserve a tissue specimen rapidly to retain as nearly as possible the characteristics it had in the living body.
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  1. To kill and preserve a tissue specimen rapidly to retain as nearly as possible the characteristics it had in the living body.
  2. An instance of arranging a special consideration, such as an exemption from a requirement, or an improper or illegal outcome, especially by means of bribery.
  3. (Informal) A clear understanding or evaluation
A food made by boiling fruit with sugar to a thick mixture
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  1. A food made by boiling fruit with sugar to a thick mixture
  2. A crush or congestion of people or things in a limited space:
  3. A group of persons or things so close together as to jam a passageway, etc.
(Idiomatic) a difficult position
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(Vulgar Slang) The act or an instance of having sexual intercourse.
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  1. (Vulgar Slang) The act or an instance of having sexual intercourse.
  2. A deformity of the back in humans caused by an abnormal convex curvature of the upper spine.
  3. (Chiefly British) A fit of depression; an emotional slump.
A person who got men by force or trickery to serve as sailors or soldiers
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  1. A person who got men by force or trickery to serve as sailors or soldiers
  2. Something made by or as if by crimping, as:
  3. A person who tricks or coerces others into service as sailors or soldiers.
A situation in which a desired outcome or solution is impossible to attain because of a set of inherently contradictory rules or conditions:
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  1. A situation in which a desired outcome or solution is impossible to attain because of a set of inherently contradictory rules or conditions:
  2. A tricky or previously unsuspected condition or drawback:
  3. (--- Informal) A person considered to be an attractive or admirable romantic partner.
A deceptive means of getting the better of someone.
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  1. A deceptive means of getting the better of someone.
  2. An extra playing card, usually with a conventionalized picture of a court jester on it, used in some games as the highest trump or as a wild card
  3. A clause that is included in a legislative bill or a contract in order to render the bill or contract inoperative or oppressive in some respect while appearing to be innocuous until the harm has been done.
Waters suitable for deep-draft ships, especially ocean-going.
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  1. Waters suitable for deep-draft ships, especially ocean-going.
  2. (Idiomatic) A difficult or embarrassing situation.
The legendary knot tied to a pole near the temple of Zeus in Gordium.
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  1. The legendary knot tied to a pole near the temple of Zeus in Gordium.
  2. An intricate knot tied by King Gordius of Phrygia and cut by Alexander the Great with his sword after hearing an oracle promise that whoever could undo it would be the next ruler of Asia.
  3. An exceedingly complicated problem or deadlock.
An obstacle to smooth progress or development.
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  1. An obstacle to smooth progress or development.
  2. An emotional difficulty or a psychological inhibition; a complex
  3. (Slang) A problem or difficulty, esp. one of a personal or emotional nature that a person seems unable to deal with
A tough person; ruffian
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  1. A tough person; ruffian
  2. (Informal) Something that is tough, or difficult.
  3. A difficult problem or situation
A person, circumstance, or event that causes annoyance, distress, difficulty, etc.
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  1. A person, circumstance, or event that causes annoyance, distress, difficulty, etc.
  2. A state of distress, affliction, difficulty, or need:
  3. A condition of pain, disease, or malfunction:
The act of distraining another’s property. See also distrain. The act of distraining another’s property. See also distrain.
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  1. The act of distraining another’s property. See also distrain. The act of distraining another’s property. See also distrain.
  2. The condition of being in need of immediate assistance:
  3. Physical deterioration, as of a highway, caused by hard use over time:
An annoying or being annoyed
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  1. An annoying or being annoyed
  2. A thing or person that annoys
  3. A cause of irritation or vexation; a nuisance.
A fuss made over something, commotion.
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  1. A fuss made over something, commotion.
  2. A task that has been noted as one that must be completed, especially on a list.
  3. A task yet to be done; an item on a to-do list.
Fuss; trouble; bother.
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  1. Fuss; trouble; bother.
Something that causes anxiety
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  1. Something that causes anxiety
  2. The act of worrying or the condition of being worried; persistent mental uneasiness:
  3. A troubled state of mind; anxiety; distress; care; uneasiness
The greater part; preponderance:
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  1. The greater part; preponderance:
  2. Excessive fat; corpulence:
  3. The force with which an object near the Earth or another celestial body is attracted toward the center of the body by gravity. An object's weight depends on its mass and the strength of the gravitational pull. The weight of an object in an aircraft flying at high altitude is less than its weight at sea level, since the strength of gravity decreases with increasing distance from the Earth's surface. The SI unit of weight is the newton, though units of mass such as grams or kilograms are used more informally to denote the weight of some mass, understood as the force acting on it in a gravitational field with a strength of one G. The pound is also still used as a unit of weight.
A factor, condition, or element that complicates.
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  1. A factor, condition, or element that complicates.
  2. A complicated condition or structure; complex, involved, or confused relationship of parts
  3. (Medicine) A secondary disease, an accident, or a negative reaction occurring during the course of an illness and usually aggravating the illness.
A feeling of being weighed down in mind or body:
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  1. A feeling of being weighed down in mind or body:
  2. The action of oppressing; arbitrary and cruel exercise of power:
  3. A feeling of being weighed down, as with worries or problems; physical or mental distress
(Econ.) A period or condition marked by slackening of business activity, widespread unemployment, falling prices and wages, etc.
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  1. (Econ.) A period or condition marked by slackening of business activity, widespread unemployment, falling prices and wages, etc.
  2. The condition of feeling sad or despondent.
  3. A mood disorder characterized by persistent sadness or inability to experience pleasure combined with other symptoms including poor concentration, indecisiveness, sleep problems, changes in appetite, and feelings of guilt, helplessness, and hopelessness.
A thing or circumstance that aggravates, or makes worse
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  1. A thing or circumstance that aggravates, or makes worse
  2. The act of aggravating, or making worse, or the condition of being aggravated
  3. A source of continuing, increasing irritation or trouble.
Something that perplexes:
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  1. Something that perplexes:
  2. Something that is perplexed, or complicated
  3. The condition of being perplexed; bewilderment; confusion
(Countable) Something that causes a state of confusion or puzzlement.
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  1. (Countable) Something that causes a state of confusion or puzzlement.
(Psychiatry) An abnormal state like this, characterized by a feeling of being powerless and unable to cope with threatening events, typically imaginary, and by physical tension, as shown by sweating, trembling, etc.
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  1. (Psychiatry) An abnormal state like this, characterized by a feeling of being powerless and unable to cope with threatening events, typically imaginary, and by physical tension, as shown by sweating, trembling, etc.
  2. A state of being uneasy, apprehensive, or worried about what may happen; concern about a possible future event
  3. A state of apprehension and fear resulting from the anticipation of a threatening event or situation. &diamf3; In psychiatry, a patient has an anxiety disorder &diamf3; if normal psychological functioning is disrupted or if anxiety persists without an identifiable cause.
Something that discourages; a deterrent.
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  1. Something that discourages; a deterrent.
  2. The fact, state, or feeling of being discouraged
  3. The condition of being discouraged.
The act or an instance of embarrassing:
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  1. The act or an instance of embarrassing:
  2. Financial difficulty:
  3. A source or cause of being embarrassed:
A circumstance thought to be unjust or injurious and ground for complaint or resentment
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  1. A circumstance thought to be unjust or injurious and ground for complaint or resentment
  2. A complaint arising from circumstances or conditions relating to one's employment
  3. An actual or supposed circumstance regarded as just cause for complaint.
A state of uncertainty; perplexing situation or position; dilemma
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  1. A state of uncertainty; perplexing situation or position; dilemma
Plural form of strait
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A pressing or urgent situation:
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  1. A pressing or urgent situation:
  2. An urgent requirement; a pressing need:
  3. A situation calling for immediate action or attention
The act of irritating:
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  1. The act of irritating:
  2. The fact or condition of being irritated
  3. The condition of being irritated; vexation:
Contention or competition between rivals.
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  1. Contention or competition between rivals.
  2. The act or state of fighting or quarreling, esp. bitterly; struggle; conflict
  3. Heated, often violent conflict or disagreement.
(Archaic) Something made with marvellous skill; something of ingenious construction.
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  1. (Archaic) Something made with marvellous skill; something of ingenious construction.
  2. A game for one person that is more or less difficult to work out or complete.
  3. A toy or problem for testing cleverness, skill, or ingenuity; often, specif., jigsaw puzzle
(Military) The obligation to carry forward an assigned task to a successful conclusion. With responsibility goes authority to direct and take the necessary action to ensure success. (JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms).
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  1. (Military) The obligation to carry forward an assigned task to a successful conclusion. With responsibility goes authority to direct and take the necessary action to ensure success. (JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms).
  2. The liability for an act and the obligation to repair any damage caused by that act; in criminal law, a person’s mental capacity to understand and answer in court for her or his actions; guilt. See also competent and capacity. The liability for an act and the obligation to repair any damage caused by that act; in criminal law, a person’s mental capacity to understand and answer in court for her or his actions; guilt. See also competent and capacity.
  3. (Military) The obligation for the proper custody, care, and safekeeping of property or funds entrusted to the possession or supervision of an individual. (JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms).
Something that causes such a feeling or state:
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  1. Something that causes such a feeling or state:
  2. Contract law: an inability to carry out a contract or perform a term of the contract due to supervening circumstances beyond the parties’ control, such as an event of force majeure. Contract law: an inability to carry out a contract or perform a term of the contract due to supervening circumstances beyond the parties’ control, such as an event of force majeure.
  3. The feeling or state of being frustrated:
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  1. Deliberate pestering or annoying.
  2. Persistent attacks and criticism causing worry and distress.
  3. Unjustifiable conduct, typically persistent and repetitive, aimed at an individual, that causes distress or discomfort. Unjustifiable conduct, typically persistent and repetitive, aimed at an individual, that causes distress or discomfort.
(Dial.) A pain (in some part of the body)
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  1. (Dial.) A pain (in some part of the body)
  2. The state of suffering and want as a result of physical circumstances or extreme poverty.
  3. A cause of such suffering; pain, sorrow, poverty, squalor, etc.
(--- Sports) Sustained, effective play that puts an opponent at a disadvantage:
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  1. (--- Sports) Sustained, effective play that puts an opponent at a disadvantage:
  2. The condition of being subjected to physical, mental, social, or economic distress:
  3. (Archaic) A mark made by application of force or weight; an impression.
A condition of extreme difficulty, pressure, or strain:
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  1. A condition of extreme difficulty, pressure, or strain:
  2. A condition of psychological strain occurring usually in response to adverse events and capable of causing symptoms and signs such as increased blood pressure, insomnia, and irritability.
  3. (--- Psychol.) A condition typically characterized by symptoms of mental and physical tension or strain, as depression or hypertension, that can result from a reaction to a situation in which a person feels threatened, pressured, etc.
A wrench, twist, or other physical injury resulting from excessive tension, effort, or use.
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  1. A wrench, twist, or other physical injury resulting from excessive tension, effort, or use.
  2. The extent to which a body is distorted when it is subjected to a deforming force, as when under stress. The distortion can involve a change both in shape and in size. All measures of strain are dimensionless (they have no unit of measure). &diamf3; Axial strain is equal to the ratio between the change in length of an object and its original length. &diamf3; Volume strain is equal to the ratio between the change in volume of an object and its original volume. It is also called bulk strain. &diamf3; Shear strain is equal to the ratio between the amount by which an object is skewed and its length.
  3. The tone, tenor, or substance of a verbal utterance or of a particular action or behavior:
Upkeep; maintenance:
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  1. Upkeep; maintenance:
  2. Interest, regard, or liking:
  3. Attentive assistance or treatment to those in need:
An individual or thing placed in another’s care.
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  1. An individual or thing placed in another’s care.
  2. Care; custody:
  3. A weight or burden; a load:
A heavy burden
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  1. A heavy burden
  2. One of a pair of cylindrical stones used in a mill for grinding grain.
  3. Stone used for these, usually a hard sandstone or conglomerate
Strife, contention, or combat:
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  1. Strife, contention, or combat:
  2. The act of struggling:
  3. Something that is difficult to do or achieve:
A person who gives trouble
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  1. A person who gives trouble
  2. Fuss, ado.
  3. A cause or condition of worry or irritation; trouble; fuss
(Informal) Something, such as a problem, that causes annoyance or trouble.
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  1. (Informal) Something, such as a problem, that causes annoyance or trouble.
  2. Pain in the head, caused by stimulation of or pressure to any of various structures of the head, such as tissue covering the cranium, cranial nerves, or blood vessels. Headache can be a primary disorder, as in migraine or cluster headaches , or a common symptom associated with head injury or many illnesses such as acute infection, brain tumor or abscess, eye disorders such as glaucoma, dental disease, and hypertension.
  3. (Informal) A cause of worry, annoyance, or trouble
Alternative spelling of hang-up.
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  1. Alternative spelling of hang-up.
  2. (Slang) A problem or difficulty, esp. one of a personal or emotional nature that a person seems unable to deal with
  3. An emotional difficulty or a psychological inhibition; a complex
A diminutive of the male given name Stewart.
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  1. A diminutive of the male given name Stewart.
  2. A dish cooked by stewing, especially a mixture of meat or fish and vegetables with stock.
  3. (Informal) Mental agitation:
An unpleasant feeling occurring as a result of injury or disease, usually localized in some part of the body:
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  1. An unpleasant feeling occurring as a result of injury or disease, usually localized in some part of the body:
  2. Bodily suffering characterized by such feelings:
  3. Great care or effort:
The state of being arduous.
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The state or quality of being hard (in various senses)
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  1. The state or quality of being hard (in various senses)
  2. A measure of how easily a mineral can be scratched. Hardness is measured on the Mohs scale.
  3. The relative resistance of a metal or other material to denting, scratching, or bending.
Something intricate:
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  1. Something intricate:
  2. That which is intricate or involved; as, the intricacy of a knot; the intricacy of accounts; the intricacy of a cause in controversy; the intricacy of a plot.
  3. Perplexity; involution; complication; complexity;
The condition of being laborious.
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The state or character of being strenuous; eagerness; earnestness; active zeal.
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  1. The state or character of being strenuous; eagerness; earnestness; active zeal.
A standard or exacting requirement, as of a field of study:
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  1. A standard or exacting requirement, as of a field of study:
  2. A harsh or trying circumstance; a hardship or difficulty:
  3. Exactness in precision or accuracy; exactitude
The state or characteristic of of being onerous.
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  1. The state or characteristic of of being onerous.
The state or quality of being burdensome.
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  1. The state or quality of being burdensome.
The state or quality of being tedious, of requiring great care.
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  1. The state or quality of being tedious, of requiring great care.
  2. The state or quality of being painful, of causing pain.
(Uncountable) The state of being tough
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  1. (Uncountable) The state of being tough
  2. (Physics, of a metal) Resistance to fracture when stressed
  3. A formidable difficulty
A troublesome situation
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  1. A troublesome situation
  2. Trouble; bother.
  3. An argument or a fight.
Hesitancy in taking some action.
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  1. Hesitancy in taking some action.
  2. (Physics) A measure of the opposition to magnetic flux, analogous to electric resistance.
  3. (Rare) Opposition; revolt
The property of being unwilling.
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The act of demurring.
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  1. The act of demurring.
  2. An objection.
  3. An objection raised or exception taken
(Informal) Excessive or abusive criticism.
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  1. (Informal) Excessive or abusive criticism.
  2. (Informal) Strong, clamorous criticism, opposition, etc.
  3. Dissension; opposition.
Harshness of manner; ill temper or irritability.
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  1. Harshness of manner; ill temper or irritability.
  2. Roughness or harshness, as of surface, sound, weather, etc. or of circumstances
  3. Severity; rigor.
The condition of lacking necessities or comforts; privation or suffering.
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  1. The condition of lacking necessities or comforts; privation or suffering.
  2. Hard circumstances of life
  3. A thing hard to bear; specific cause of discomfort or suffering, as poverty, pain, etc.
A standard or exacting requirement, as of a field of study:
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  1. A standard or exacting requirement, as of a field of study:
  2. (Medicine) Shivering or trembling, as caused by a chill.
  3. Extreme hardship or difficulty
A condition of constant change or alternation, as a natural process; mutability
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  1. A condition of constant change or alternation, as a natural process; mutability
  2. Unpredictable changes or variations that keep occurring in life, fortune, etc.; shifting circumstances; ups and downs
  3. A usually unforeseen change in circumstance or experience that affects one's life, especially in a trying way:
(Chiefly British) A small country house used as a sporting lodge:
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  1. (Chiefly British) A small country house used as a sporting lodge:
  2. The contents or capacity of a box
  3. A slap or blow with the hand or fist:
The area enclosed or bounded by an angle formed in this manner:
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  1. The area enclosed or bounded by an angle formed in this manner:
  2. A threatening or embarrassing position from which escape is difficult:
  3. (--- Baseball) Either side of home plate, toward or away from the batter.
Waters suitable for deep-draft ships, especially ocean-going.
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  1. Waters suitable for deep-draft ships, especially ocean-going.
  2. (Idiomatic) A difficult or embarrassing situation.
Any serious problem
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  1. Any serious problem
  2. A situation that requires a choice between options that are or seem equally unfavorable or unsatisfactory.
  3. Any situation in which one must choose between unpleasant alternatives
The Pennsylvania Dutch.
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  1. The Pennsylvania Dutch.
  2. The people of the Netherlands.
  3. The official West Germanic language of the Netherlands and one of the official languages of Belgium.
An instance of arranging a special consideration, such as an exemption from a requirement, or an improper or illegal outcome, especially by means of bribery.
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  1. An instance of arranging a special consideration, such as an exemption from a requirement, or an improper or illegal outcome, especially by means of bribery.
  2. A clear determination or understanding:
  3. To kill and preserve a tissue specimen rapidly to retain as nearly as possible the characteristics it had in the living body.
A small, dingy, squalid place; any dirty, badly lighted room, house, etc.
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  1. A small, dingy, squalid place; any dirty, badly lighted room, house, etc.
  2. An opening or perforation:
  3. A gap, usually the valence band of an insulator or semiconductor, that would normally be filled with one electron. If an electron accelerated by a voltage moves into a gap, it leaves a gap behind it, and in this way the hole itself appears to move through the substance. Even though holes are in fact the absence of a negatively charged particle (an electron), they can be treated theoretically as positively charged particles, whose motion gives rise to electric current.
(Informal) An area of actual or potential trouble or violence
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  1. (Informal) An area of actual or potential trouble or violence
  2. Any place regarded as a center for a specified activity or interest
  3. A volcanic area that forms as a tectonic plate moves over a point heated from deep within the Earth's mantle. The source of the heat is thought to be the decay of radioactive elements. The Hawaiian Islands formed as a series of hot spots.
Trouble; difficulty:
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  1. Trouble; difficulty:
  2. Used other than as an idiom: see hot,‎ water.
  3. (Informal) Trouble; difficulty
A food made by boiling fruit with sugar to a thick mixture
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  1. A food made by boiling fruit with sugar to a thick mixture
  2. A crush or congestion of people or things in a limited space:
  3. A group of persons or things so close together as to jam a passageway, etc.
A solemn pledge, as of faith.
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  1. A solemn pledge, as of faith.
  2. A condition or state of affairs; esp., now, an awkward, sad, or dangerous situation
  3. A situation, especially a bad or unfortunate one.
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  1. (Archaic) category
  2. (Logic) One of the basic states or classifications described by Aristotle into which all things can be placed; a category.
  3. A situation, especially an unpleasant, troublesome, or trying one, from which extrication is difficult.
Wet, boggy ground, yielding under the foot
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  1. Wet, boggy ground, yielding under the foot
  2. A difficult or inextricable position
  3. (Figuratively) A perilous, mixed up and troubled situation; a hopeless tangle; a predicament.
An embarrassing or difficult predicament.
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  1. An embarrassing or difficult predicament.
  2. A fight or conflict
  3. A disagreeable or embarrassing situation; predicament, esp. when caused by one's own conduct
(Slang) Something having the appearance or a consistency suggestive of soup, especially:
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  1. (Slang) Something having the appearance or a consistency suggestive of soup, especially:
  2. A liquid food prepared from meat, fish, or vegetable stock combined with various other ingredients and often containing solid pieces.
  3. A liquid food, with or without solid particles, made by cooking meat, vegetables, fish, etc. in water, milk, or the like
Effort, especially when inconvenient or bothersome:
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  1. Effort, especially when inconvenient or bothersome:
  2. A person, circumstance, or event that causes annoyance, distress, difficulty, etc.
  3. A state of distress, affliction, difficulty, or need:
A solution of brine or vinegar, often spiced, for preserving and flavoring food.
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  1. A solution of brine or vinegar, often spiced, for preserving and flavoring food.
  2. A chemical bath used to clear metal of scale, preserve wood, etc.
  3. (Scotland) A bit, small quantity
A small area of different color or texture from the main area of which it is a part; often, a mark made by some foreign matter; stain, blot, speck, patch, etc.
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  1. A small area of different color or texture from the main area of which it is a part; often, a mark made by some foreign matter; stain, blot, speck, patch, etc.
  2. The number of points, etc. assigned by gamblers to one side in a contest, in an attempt to equalize betting on both sides
  3. (Informal) A spot advertisement or announcement
A disagreement or state of opposition:
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  1. A disagreement or state of opposition:
  2. A sharp disagreement; conflict
  3. A violent conflict or confrontation.
Opposition between characters or forces in a work of drama or fiction, especially when motivating or shaping the action of the plot.
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  1. Opposition between characters or forces in a work of drama or fiction, especially when motivating or shaping the action of the plot.
  2. A fight or struggle, esp. a protracted one; war
  3. A state of open, often prolonged fighting; a battle or war.
(Mathematics) The amount by which one quantity is greater or less than another.
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  1. (Mathematics) The amount by which one quantity is greater or less than another.
  2. A significant effect on or change in a situation
  3. An instance of disparity or unlikeness:
  1. Disharmony.
  2. The absence or reverse of accord.
  3. Lack of accord; discord; disagreement