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Any involuntary, regularly repeated, spasmodic contraction of a muscle, generally caused by some type of disorder of the nervous system
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  1. Any involuntary, regularly repeated, spasmodic contraction of a muscle, generally caused by some type of disorder of the nervous system
  2. A quirk or habit of behavior or language:
  3. A habitual spasmodic muscular movement or contraction, usually of the face or extremities.
(Slang) A Yankee; esp., a U.S. soldier in World Wars I and II
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  1. (Slang) A Yankee; esp., a U.S. soldier in World Wars I and II
  2. A sudden, strong pull; jerk
  3. A sudden vigorous pull; a jerk.
To ache sharply from time to time; twinge.
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  1. To ache sharply from time to time; twinge.
  2. To draw, pull, or move suddenly and sharply; jerk:
  3. To move with a quick, slight jerk or jerks or spasmodically
A sudden pulling; a tug:
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  1. A sudden pulling; a tug:
  2. A quick, slight jerk
  3. A sudden, quick motion, esp. a spasmodic one; tic
A very short woman's jacket or sweater, having long or short sleeves and usually worn open down the front.
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  1. A very short woman's jacket or sweater, having long or short sleeves and usually worn open down the front.
  2. An expressive gesture of raising the shoulders.
  3. A lifting of the shoulders to signal indifference.
The act or an instance of wiggling
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  1. The act or an instance of wiggling
  2. A wiggling movement or course.
(Informal) A very short time; moment
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  1. (Informal) A very short time; moment
  2. (Informal) A particular kind of treatment; deal
  3. (Informal) A moment or instant:
The act or condition of quivering; tremor; tremble
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  1. The act or condition of quivering; tremor; tremble
  2. A collection or store; arsenal:
  3. A portable case for holding arrows.
(Fencing) A cut that lands with the point, often involving a whip of the foible of the blade to strike at a concealed target.
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  1. (Fencing) A cut that lands with the point, often involving a whip of the foible of the blade to strike at a concealed target.
  2. A short, quick movement, especially a brush, sweep, or flip.
  3. (Informal) A motion picture; (in plural, usually preceded by "the") movie theater, cinema.
The sudden release of something held under pressure or tension.
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  1. The sudden release of something held under pressure or tension.
  2. Something accomplished without effort.
  3. (Football) The passing of the ball from the ground back through the legs to a back to initiate a play.
A land, air, or space vehicle that moves or tows other vehicles:
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  1. A land, air, or space vehicle that moves or tows other vehicles:
  2. A contest; a struggle:
  3. An act or instance of tugging; hard pull
A distortion in the original form or meaning of something written or spoken; a twisted interpretation.
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  1. A distortion in the original form or meaning of something written or spoken; a twisted interpretation.
  2. Any of various hand or power tools, often having fixed or adjustable jaws, used for gripping, turning, or twisting objects such as nuts, bolts, or pipes, typically at an angle perpendicular to the object's axis.
  3. An injury caused by a twist or jerk, as to the back, a joint, etc.
(Archaic) A situation in certain card games, in which the winner has more than double the score of the loser
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  1. (Archaic) A situation in certain card games, in which the winner has more than double the score of the loser
  2. The losing position of a cribbage player who has not passed the halfway mark at the end of the game.
  3. A lurching movement; sudden rolling, pitching, etc.
A drink of liquor neat
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  1. A drink of liquor neat
  2. A sudden jerk or shake, as from a blow
  3. A sudden, strong feeling of surprise or disappointment; a shock.
A step or level:
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  1. A step or level:
  2. (Informal) An initial competitive advantage; a head start:
  3. (Bridge) jump bid
A bounce or jolt
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  1. A bounce or jolt
  2. A rough, jolting movement; a jolt.
A jiggling motion.
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  1. A jiggling motion.
  2. A jiggling movement
  3. A weak, shaking movement.
An animal
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  1. An animal
  2. An animal other than a human; a beast.
  3. A person who is brutal or very stupid, gross, sensual, etc.
(Slang) A despicable person, especially one who betrays or informs upon associates.
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  1. (Slang) A despicable person, especially one who betrays or informs upon associates.
  2. (Slang) A person who frequently passes time at a particular place. Often used in combination:
  3. A small pad formerly used in certain styles of women's coiffures to make the hair look thicker
A victim of a joke or trick; dupe
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  1. A victim of a joke or trick; dupe
  2. A man formerly kept in the household of a nobleman or king to entertain by joking and clowning; professional jester
  3. (Informal) A person with a talent or enthusiasm for a certain activity:
A heavy block of wood
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  1. A heavy block of wood
  2. (Informal) A gullible, foolish, or stupid person; dupe or fool
To draw up (the shoulders), as in expressing indifference, doubt, disdain, contempt, etc.
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  1. To draw up (the shoulders), as in expressing indifference, doubt, disdain, contempt, etc.
  2. To raise (the shoulders), especially as a gesture of doubt, disdain, or indifference.
  3. (Intransitive) To raise (the shoulders) to express uncertainty, lack of concern, (formerly) dread, etc.
To make (one's way, for example) by or as if by wriggling:
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  1. To make (one's way, for example) by or as if by wriggling:
  2. To move to and fro with a twisting, writhing motion; twist and turn; squirm
  3. (Intransitive) To twist one's body to and fro with short, writhing motions; to squirm.
To get away from (a pursuer):
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  1. To get away from (a pursuer):
  2. To brandish or wave, especially in anger:
  3. To get rid of or put an end to:
To shiver or shudder, as with cold or from strong emotion.
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  1. To shiver or shudder, as with cold or from strong emotion.
  2. To tremble or shake, as the ground does in an earthquake
  3. To shake or tremble, as from instability or shock.
To tremble, as from cold or strong emotion.
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  1. To tremble, as from cold or strong emotion.
  2. To shake with a slight, rapid, tremulous movement.
  3. (Intransitive) To shake or move with slight and tremulous motion; to tremble; to quake; to shudder; to shiver.
To cause to break suddenly into fragments or splinters.
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  1. To cause to break suddenly into fragments or splinters.
  2. To break into many fragments or splinters; shatter
  3. To break into fragments or splinters; shatter.
To move or proceed with a twisting or turning motion; wriggle:
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  1. To move or proceed with a twisting or turning motion; wriggle:
  2. To make (one's way, for example) by or as if by wiggling:
  3. To cause to move back and forth with quick irregular motions:
To move or rock lightly up and down or to and fro in an unsteady, jerky manner:
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  1. To move or rock lightly up and down or to and fro in an unsteady, jerky manner:
  2. To move in a succession of quick, slight jerks; rock lightly
  3. To shake something gently; to rattle or wiggle.
To lead (someone) in a dance.
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  1. To lead (someone) in a dance.
  2. To cause to dance
  3. To engage in or perform (a dance).
To try to grasp or seize a thing suddenly; grab (at)
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  1. To try to grasp or seize a thing suddenly; grab (at)
  2. (Sports) To raise (a weight) in one quick, uninterrupted motion from the floor to a position over the lifter's head.
  3. To take, get, or avail oneself of hastily or while there is a chance
To take hurriedly:
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  1. To take hurriedly:
  2. To snatch or try to snatch something
  3. To get possession of by unscrupulous methods
To move by pulling with great effort or exertion; drag:
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  1. To move by pulling with great effort or exertion; drag:
  2. To pull something vigorously or repeatedly:
  3. To pull at vigorously or repeatedly:
(Informal) To extract or remove abruptly:
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  1. (Informal) To extract or remove abruptly:
  2. To pull on something suddenly.
  3. To pull with a quick, strong movement; jerk:
To whip (egg whites, cream, etc.)
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  1. To whip (egg whites, cream, etc.)
  2. To move, remove, carry, brush (away, off, out, etc.) forcefully and speedily, as with a quick, sweeping motion
  3. To move quickly, nimbly, or briskly
To remove or detach by grasping and pulling abruptly with the fingers; pick:
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  1. To remove or detach by grasping and pulling abruptly with the fingers; pick:
  2. To drag or snatch; grab
  3. To pull; tug; snatch
(Informal) To catch or obtain quickly or unexpectedly:
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  1. (Informal) To catch or obtain quickly or unexpectedly:
  2. To tear, break, hinder, or destroy by or as if by a snag:
  3. To catch or grab quickly
To catch, suspend, or connect with a hook.
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  1. To catch, suspend, or connect with a hook.
  2. To hit or throw (a ball) in a hook
  3. (Basketball) To shoot (a ball) in a hook shot.
To strike quickly or lightly; flick:
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  1. To strike quickly or lightly; flick:
  2. To toss or move with a quick jerk; flick
  3. To turn over quickly; specif., to execute a flip
To cause to hit against a surface so as to spring back
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  1. To cause to hit against a surface so as to spring back
  2. To move suddenly; spring; jump
  3. (Slang) To put (an undesirable person) out by force
To put abruptly or violently
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  1. To put abruptly or violently
  2. To move suddenly and violently; rush; dash
  3. To move (one's arms, legs, head, etc.) suddenly or impulsively
To move with or as if with great speed:
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  1. To move with or as if with great speed:
To touch or hit with a light quick blow or fillip:
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  1. To touch or hit with a light quick blow or fillip:
  2. To move quickly and jerkily; flutter
  3. To move or hit (something) with a short, quick motion.
To turn using a wrench:
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  1. To turn using a wrench:
  2. To give a twist, turn, or pull:
  3. To twist, pull, or jerk suddenly and violently
To impart a spiral or coiling shape to, as by turning the ends in opposite directions:
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  1. To impart a spiral or coiling shape to, as by turning the ends in opposite directions:
  2. To give spiral shape to by turning the ends in opposite directions
  3. To put out of shape in this manner; wrench; sprain
To remove from a fixed position; extract:
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  1. To remove from a fixed position; extract:
  2. To apply force to (something) so as to cause or tend to cause motion toward the source of the force:
  3. (Slang) To draw out (a weapon) in readiness for use:
To roll or pitch suddenly or erratically:
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  1. To roll or pitch suddenly or erratically:
  2. (Archaic) To prevent (a person) from getting his fair share of something
  3. To move with abrupt movements; move haltingly or jerkily.
(Football) To put (the ball) into play by passing or handing it back between the legs to a member of the offensive backfield
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  1. (Football) To put (the ball) into play by passing or handing it back between the legs to a member of the offensive backfield
  2. To open, close, or fit together with a click:
  3. With, or as with, a snap
To draw, pull, or move suddenly and sharply; jerk:
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  1. To draw, pull, or move suddenly and sharply; jerk:
  2. To move jerkily or spasmodically.
  3. To pull (at) with a quick, slight jerk; pluck
To turn using a wrench:
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  1. To turn using a wrench:
  2. To twist, pull, or jerk suddenly and violently
  3. To give a twist, turn, or pull:
To jerk
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  1. To jerk
  2. To pull on something suddenly.
  3. To pull with a quick, strong movement; jerk:
To hit or knock against with a jolt; collide lightly with
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  1. To hit or knock against with a jolt; collide lightly with
  2. To collide with a jolt
  3. (Sports) To bump a volleyball.
To shake up or jar, as with a bumpy ride or sharp blow
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  1. To shake up or jar, as with a bumpy ride or sharp blow
  2. To move or dislodge with a sudden, hard blow; strike heavily or jarringly:
  3. To cause to move jerkily:
A lurching movement; sudden rolling, pitching, etc.
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  1. A lurching movement; sudden rolling, pitching, etc.
  2. (Archaic) A situation in certain card games, in which the winner has more than double the score of the loser
  3. The losing position of a cribbage player who has not passed the halfway mark at the end of the game.
A thin, crisp, usually circular cookie:
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  1. A thin, crisp, usually circular cookie:
  2. Any clasp or fastening that closes with a click or snap
  3. A snap bean.
An act or instance of tugging; hard pull
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  1. An act or instance of tugging; hard pull
  2. A land, air, or space vehicle that moves or tows other vehicles:
  3. A contest; a struggle:
A sudden pulling; a tug:
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  1. A sudden pulling; a tug:
  2. A quick, slight jerk
  3. A sudden, quick motion, esp. a spasmodic one; tic
A distortion in the original form or meaning of something written or spoken; a twisted interpretation.
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  1. A distortion in the original form or meaning of something written or spoken; a twisted interpretation.
  2. Any of various hand or power tools, often having fixed or adjustable jaws, used for gripping, turning, or twisting objects such as nuts, bolts, or pipes, typically at an angle perpendicular to the object's axis.
  3. A sudden, sharp twist or pull
(Slang) A Yankee; esp., a U.S. soldier in World Wars I and II
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  1. (Slang) A Yankee; esp., a U.S. soldier in World Wars I and II
  2. A sudden, strong pull; jerk
  3. A sudden vigorous pull; a jerk.
Any of several hoofed mammals of the genus Equus, resembling and closely related to the horses but having a smaller build and longer ears, and including the domesticated donkey.
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  1. Any of several hoofed mammals of the genus Equus, resembling and closely related to the horses but having a smaller build and longer ears, and including the domesticated donkey.
  2. Any of a number of horselike perissodactylous mammals (family Equidae) having long ears and a short mane, esp. the common wild ass (Equus asinus) of Africa: donkeys and burros are domesticated asses: in fables the ass is represented as obstinate and stupid
  3. A stupid or silly person; fool
A victim of a joke or trick; dupe
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  1. A victim of a joke or trick; dupe
  2. One who has been tricked or made to appear ridiculous; a dupe:
  3. A person with little or no judgment, common sense, wisdom, etc.; silly or stupid person; simpleton
A person with profound intellectual disability having a mental age below three years and generally unable to learn connected speech or guard against common dangers. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.
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  1. A person with profound intellectual disability having a mental age below three years and generally unable to learn connected speech or guard against common dangers. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.
  2. A person who is considered foolish or stupid.
A person with moderate to severe intellectual disability having a mental age of from three to seven years and generally being capable of some degree of communication and performance of simple tasks under supervision. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.
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  1. A person with moderate to severe intellectual disability having a mental age of from three to seven years and generally being capable of some degree of communication and performance of simple tasks under supervision. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.
  2. A person who is considered foolish or stupid.
A male ass or donkey.
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  1. A male ass or donkey.
  2. A foolish or stupid person; a blockhead.
A freak.
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  1. A freak.
  2. (Archaic) An idiot or fool
A city of eastern Argentina, an industrial suburb of Buenos Aires.
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  1. A city of eastern Argentina, an industrial suburb of Buenos Aires.
  2. A person with mild intellectual disability having a mental age of from 7 to 12 years and generally having communication and social skills enabling some degree of academic or vocational education. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.
  3. A person who is considered foolish or stupid.
A stupid, silly person; fool
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  1. A stupid, silly person; fool
A fool; a simpleton.
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  1. A fool; a simpleton.
(Informal) A stupid or silly person
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  1. (Informal) A stupid or silly person
A medicine made from such a plant
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  1. A medicine made from such a plant
  2. Something having only one part, substance, etc.
  3. A person who is ignorant or easily misled
A person who is stupid or easily deceived; fool
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  1. A person who is stupid or easily deceived; fool
  2. A person who is felt to be deficient in judgment, good sense, or intelligence; a fool.
  3. (Pejorative) A simple person lacking common sense.
A foolish person.
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A foolish, stupid, or silly person
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  1. A foolish, stupid, or silly person
Narcotics considered as a group.
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  1. Narcotics considered as a group.
  2. (Informal) A slow-witted, stupid, or lethargic person
  3. Any thick liquid or pasty substance, or other material, used to lubricate or absorb something
  1. A fool, simpleton
  2. (Informal) A look or glance:
  3. (Slang, used only with “have” and “take”) A glance, look.
The flesh of such a bird used as food.
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  1. The flesh of such a bird used as food.
  2. (Informal) A silly person.
  3. A tailor's pressing iron with a long handle curved somewhat like the neck of a goose
(Offensive) A person considered to be foolish or unintelligent.
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  1. (Offensive) A person considered to be foolish or unintelligent.
The peal of a bell.
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  1. The peal of a bell.
  2. The sound of a bell being rung
  3. (Slang) An empty-headed person; a fool.
(Slang) A foolish or stupid person.
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  1. (Slang) A foolish or stupid person.
  2. (--- Linguistics) A part of a phrase or sentence that is unstressed or less strongly stressed relative to surrounding words, as the words I and to in I have to go.
  3. A brief plunge or immersion, especially a quick swim.
A careless mistake; a slip.
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  1. A careless mistake; a slip.
  2. A stupid, silly, or credulous person
(Slang, sometimes derogatory) A person who is intellectual but generally introverted
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  1. (Slang, sometimes derogatory) A person who is intellectual but generally introverted
  2. (Informal, sometimes derogatory) One who has an intense, obsessive interest in something.
  3. (Slang, always derogatory) An unattractive, socially awkward, annoying, undesirable, and/or boring, person; a dork.
(Slang) A foolish or stupid person; dolt
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  1. (Slang) A foolish or stupid person; dolt
A clumsy or stupid person; an oaf.
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  1. A clumsy or stupid person; an oaf.
A failure, especially a failed theatrical production or movie.
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  1. A failure, especially a failed theatrical production or movie.
  2. (Informal) A person considered inept or undesirable.
  3. Any of a family (Meleagrididae) of large, gallinaceous North American birds with a small, naked head and a tail that can be spread like a fan, including a wild or domesticated species (Meleagris gallopavo) bred as poultry and a wild species (Agriocharis ocellata) of Central America, with eyespots on the tail
In fluid mechanics, a jump in the level of moving water, generally propagating in the opposite direction to the current. Strong ocean tides can cause bores to propagate up rivers.
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  1. In fluid mechanics, a jump in the level of moving water, generally propagating in the opposite direction to the current. Strong ocean tides can cause bores to propagate up rivers.
  2. A hole or passage made by or as if by use of a drill.
  3. A hollow, usually cylindrical chamber or barrel, as of a firearm.
A company-sponsored investment program through which the shareholders may reinvest their dividends and buy additional shares, either occasionally or at regular intervals
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  1. A company-sponsored investment program through which the shareholders may reinvest their dividends and buy additional shares, either occasionally or at regular intervals
  2. The process of forming and falling in drops.
  3. The sound made by liquid falling in drops:
(US, slang, pejorative) A boring, studious, or socially inept person. [From 1968.]
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  1. (US, slang, pejorative) A boring, studious, or socially inept person. [From 1968.]
  2. A person regarded as socially inept or foolish, often on account of being overly studious.
A person who is single-minded or accomplished in scientific or technical pursuits but is felt to be socially inept.
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  1. A person who is single-minded or accomplished in scientific or technical pursuits but is felt to be socially inept.
  2. (Informal, sometimes derogatory) One who has an intense, obsessive interest in something.
  3. (Slang, sometimes derogatory) A person who is intellectual but generally introverted
(Slang) An unpleasant or boring person
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  1. (Slang) An unpleasant or boring person
  2. (Informal) An oral contraceptive. Used with the.
  3. A small pellet or tablet of medicine, often coated, taken by swallowing whole or by chewing.
On sailing ships, a raised deck at the stern
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  1. On sailing ships, a raised deck at the stern
  2. (Slang) A foolish or contemptible person
  3. Inside information:
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