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wagon Tweet Definition of wagon Like Definition of wagon on Facebook
noun
  1. A four-wheeled cart for hauling loads, usually pulled by horses or oxen.
  2. A four-wheeled cart for hauling loads, usually pushed or pulled by human force.
  3. A child"s riding toy, four-wheeled and pulled or steered by a long handle in the front.
  4. (context, US, AU, slang) A station wagon.
  5. (slang) A paddy wagon.
  6. A truck, or lorry.
  7. (context, Ireland, slang) An immoral woman, slapper.
verb
  1. (transitive) To transport by means of a wagon.
  2. (intransitive) To travel in a wagon.
Watergate Tweet Definition of Watergate Like Definition of Watergate on Facebook
proper noun
  1. an American political scandal (beginning with a burglary in the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC in 1972) that eventually led to resignation of US President Richard Nixon
  2. any scandal usually involving: a) the abuse of one's own, or two or more acting-in-tandem people's own, occupational position(s) (frequently involving one or more public officials and/or involving a person or persons who significantly jeopardize the trust or resources of the public or of a major nonpublic organization " and very frequently involving one or more significant elect, elected public officials and/or involving one or more high appoint, appointed public officials); b) underhanded behavior; and c) a cover-up
  3. Watergate salad
Whig Tweet Definition of Whig Like Definition of Whig on Facebook
proper noun
  1. a member of an 18th- and 19th-century political party in Britain that was opposed to the Tories, and eventually became the Liberal Party
  2. an advocate of war against Britain during the American Revolution
  3. a member of a 19th-century US political party opposed to the Democratic Party
wilderness Tweet Definition of wilderness Like Definition of wilderness on Facebook
noun
  1. An unsettled and uncultivated tract of land left in its natural state
Wild West Tweet Definition of Wild West Like Definition of Wild West on Facebook
proper nounwild, Wild west, West
  1. The western United States during the relatively lawless 19th-century era of settlement.
  1. (context, by extension) A place or situation in which disorderly behavior prevails, especially due to a lack of regulatory oversight or an inadequate legal system.
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