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salamander Tweet Definition of salamander Like Definition of salamander on Facebook
  1. A (usually) terrestrial amphibian, resembling a lizard; taxonomic order Caudata
  2. (mythology) A creature much like a lizard that is resistant to and lives in fire, hence the elemental being of fire.
  3. (cooking) A metal utensil with a flat head which is heated and put over a dish to brown the top.
1977: The salamander, a fairly long metal utensil with a flat rounded head, was left in the fire until red hot and then used to brown the top of a dish without further cooking. — Richard Daunton-Fear and Penelope Vigar, Australian Colonial Cookery, Rigby, 1977, ISBN 0-7270-0187-6, page 41 (discussing 19th century cookery)
  1. (cooking) In a professional kitchen a small broiler, used primarily for browning.
The chef first put the steak under the to sear the outside.
  1. To apply a
    1. Noun, salamander (flat iron utensil above) in a cooking process.
    19th C.: When cold, sprinkle the custard thickly with sugar and it. — a 19th century crème brí»lée recipe quoted in Richard Daunton-Fear and Penelope Vigar, Australian Colonial Cookery, Rigby, 1977, ISBN 0-7270-0187-6, page 41
SAP Tweet Definition of SAP Like Definition of SAP on Facebook
  1. Scientific Advisory Panel
  2. statutory, Statutory adoption, Adoption pay, Pay - payments made by an employer to an employee who is absent from work after the adoption of a child.
  3. (South Africa) South African Police.
  4. (South Africa, obsolete) South Africa Party.
  5. Systemanalyse und Programmentwicklung, one of the worlds largest software companies.
scaffold Tweet Definition of scaffold Like Definition of scaffold on Facebook
  1. A structure made of scaffolding, for workers to stand on while working on a building.
  2. An elevated platform on which a criminal is executed.
  1. (transitive) To set up a scaffolding; to surround a building with scaffolding.
scalp Tweet Definition of scalp Like Definition of scalp on Facebook
  1. The part of the head where the hair grows from, or used to grow from
  1. The removal of the part of the head from where the hair grows, by brutal act or accident.
  2. (context, slang) To sell for a greatly inflated price to those in desperation, as in scalping tickets to a ball game.
scavenge Tweet Definition of scavenge Like Definition of scavenge on Facebook
verb (scaveng, ing)
  1. (transitive) to collect and remove refuse, or to search through refuse for useful material
  2. (transitive) to remove unwanted material from something, especially to purify molten metal by removing impurities
  3. (transitive) to expel the exhaust gases from the cylinder of an internal combustion engine, and draw in air for the next cycle
  4. (intransitive) to feed on carrion or refuse
scoria Tweet Definition of scoria Like Definition of scoria on Facebook
noun (scoriae)
  1. The slag or dross that remains after the smelting of metal from an ore
  2. (geology) A porous rock that is formed by solidified lava, and which can be found around a volcano's crater.
scorification Tweet Definition of scorification Like Definition of scorification on Facebook
  1. the reduction of an ore to scoria, especially as a means of refining or assay
scorify Tweet Definition of scorify Like Definition of scorify on Facebook
verb to scorify
  1. to reduce an ore to scoria
scour Tweet Definition of scour Like Definition of scour on Facebook
  1. To clean, polish, or wash something by scrubbing it vigorously.
He scoured the burner pans, to remove the burnt spills.
  1. To search an area thoroughly.
They scoured the scene of the crime for clues.
  1. (veterinary medicine) Of livestock, to suffer from diarrhea.
If a lamb is scouring, do not delay treatment.
  1. To move swiftly.
scruff Tweet Definition of scruff Like Definition of scruff on Facebook
  1. (Also scruff of the neck) The back of the neck
He grabbed his unruly kid by the scruff of the neck, and took him home.
  1. Someone with an untidy appearance
That candidate will never get the job, he's a right scruff.
scum Tweet Definition of scum Like Definition of scum on Facebook
  1. A layer of impurity, impurities that accumulates at the surface of a liquid (especially molten metal or water).
  2. (derogatory, slang) A person or persons considered to be reprehensible.
second Tweet Definition of second Like Definition of second on Facebook
noun (rfc-level, Noun at L4+ not in L3 Ety section)
  1. The SI unit of time, defined as the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of radiation corresponding to the transition between two hyperfine levels of caesium-133 in a ground state at a temperature of absolute zero and at rest; one-sixtieth of a minute.
  2. A unit of angle equal to one-sixtieth of a minute of arc or one part in 3600 of a degree.
  3. A short, indeterminate amount of time.
I'll be there in a .
  1. (context, usually in the plural) A manufactured item that, though still usable, fails to meet quality control standards.
They were discounted because they contained blemishes, nicks or were otherwise factory seconds.
  1. The attendant of a contestant in a duel or box, boxing match, who must be ready to take over if the contestant drops out. In the case of a duel, the seconds may also fight each other at 90° to the other contestants.
  2. One who agrees in addition, or such a motion, as required in certain meetings to pass judgement etc.
If we want the motion to pass, we will need a .
  1. Another chance to achieve what should have been done the first time, usually indicating success this time around. (See second-guess.)
  2. The second gear of an engine.
  3. (baseball) second base, Second base.
  1. (transitive) To agree as a second person to (a proposal), usually to reach a necessary quorum of two.
I the motion.
short Tweet Definition of short Like Definition of short on Facebook
  1. A short circuit.
  2. (baseball) shortstop
Jones smashes a grounder between third and .
  1. (transitive) To cause a short circuit
  1. Having a small distance from one end or edge to another, either horizontally or vertically dimensions.
  2. A word or phrase that can be said or written in less time to represent another word or phrase.
"Tater" is for "potato".
  1. (context, of a person) With less height
  2. (cricket, of a ball) that bounced relatively far from the batsman
  3. (cricket, of a fielder or fielding position) relatively close to the batsman
  1. (cricket) of a cricket ball, to bounce relatively far from the batsman so that it bounces higher than normal; opposite of full
shot Tweet Definition of shot Like Definition of shot on Facebook
  1. The result of launching a projectile or bullet.
The was wide of the mark.
  1. (sports) The act of launching a ball or similar object toward a goal.
They took the lead on a last-minute .
  1. The heavy iron ball used for the shot put.
  2. (uncountable) Small metal balls used as ammunition.
  3. (military) A solid metal armor-piercing projectile having no bursting charge, that was in use mainly during World War II.
  4. A chance, or an attempt.
I'd like just one more at winning this game.
  1. (finance) A payment (of a bill), a scot or shout.
  2. A measure of alcohol, usually spirits, as taken either from a shot-glass or directly from the bottle. About 44 millilitres; 1.5 ounces. "pony shot"= 30 millilitres; 1 fluid ounce
  3. (rfv-sense) (context, prison) A spoon of coffee.
  4. (context, Filmology) The basic unit of film language.
  1. (past of, shoot)
  1. (colloquial) Worn out.
The real axle will have to be replaced. It's .
  1. (Of material, especially silk) Woven from warp and weft strands of different colours, resulting in an iridescent appearance.
  2. tired, weary
I have to go to bed now, I'm .
shut Tweet Definition of shut Like Definition of shut on Facebook
verb (shuts, shutting, shut, shut)
  1. (transitive) To close, to stop from being open.
  • Please the door.
  • The light was so bright I had to my eyes.
    1. (intransitive) To close, to stop being open.
  • If you wait too long, the automatic door will .
    1. (context, transitive or intransitive, Commonwealth) To close a business temporarily, or (of a business) to be closed.
  • The pharmacy is on Sunday.
    silver plate Tweet Definition of silver plate Like Definition of silver plate on Facebook
    1. A thin layer of silver applied to the surface of an object made of another metal.
    = verb (silver plates, silver plating, silver plated)
    1. To apply a thin layer of silver to the surface of an object made of another metal.
    sinter Tweet Definition of sinter Like Definition of sinter on Facebook
    1. (geology) an alluvial sediment deposited by a mineral spring
      1. a mass formed by sintering
      2. a mixture of iron ore and fluxes added to a blast furnace
    1. to compact and heat a powder to form a solid mass
    size Tweet Definition of size Like Definition of size on Facebook
    1. The dimensions or magnitude of a thing; how big something is.
    The of the building seemed to have increased since I was last there.
    1. A specific set of dimensions for clothing etc. seen as fitting a person or set of persons.
    I don't think we have the red one in your .
    1. (graph theory) A number of edges in a graph.
    2. (dialectal) An assize.
    verb (siz, ing)
    1. (transitive) To adjust the of; to make a certain .
    2. (transitive) To classify or arrange by .
    3. (context, transitive, colloquial) To approximate the dimensions, estimate the of.
    sketch Tweet Definition of sketch Like Definition of sketch on Facebook
    1. A quick drawing, often spontaneously produced.
    2. A short dramatic production.
    3. (slang used in Ireland) keeping sketch is to keep a lookout
    verb (sketch, es)
    1. (defn, English)
    2. To create a sketch.
    skim Tweet Definition of skim Like Definition of skim on Facebook
    verb (skim, m, ed)
    1. To throw an object so it bounces on water (skimming stones)
    2. To ricochet
    3. To read quickly, skipping some detail
    4. (transitive) to scrape off; to remove (something) from a surface
    1. (context, of milk) having lowered fat content
    skin Tweet Definition of skin Like Definition of skin on Facebook
    1. (uncountable) The outer covering of living tissue over the bones, striated muscles, ligaments, and internal organs of a person.
      • He is so disgusting he makes my crawl.
        1. (uncountable) The outer protective layer of any plant or animal.
        2. (countable) The skin and fur of an individual animal used by humans for clothing, upholstery, etc.
        3. (countable) A congealed layer on the surface of a liquid.
      • In order to get to the rest of the paint in the can, you'll have to remove the floating on top of it.
        1. (context, countable, computing) An image used as the background of the graphical user interface of a computer program.
      • You can use this to change how the browser looks.
        1. (context, countable, slang) Rolling paper for cigarettes.
      • Pass me a , mate.
        1. (context, countable, slang) Short for skinhead.
        2. A subgroup within an Australian aboriginal people, also called a section, subsection, or moiety. These divisions are cultural, not related to a person"s physical skin. (Reference: Macquarie Aboriginal Words, w:Macquarie University, Macquarie University, 1994, paperback ISBN 0-949757-79-9, introduction.)
    verb (skin, n, ing)
    1. (transitive) To injure the skin of.
      • He fell off his bike and skinned his knee on the concrete.
        1. (transitive) To remove the skin and/or fur of an animal or a human.
        The headmaster's birch kept raining down on the repeat-offending runaway's bare bum till it was completely skinned, a raw red rebel rear
        1. (context, transitive, computing, colloquial) To use a replacement image for the graphical user interface of (a computer program).
      • Can I the program to put the picture of my cat on it?
    skip Tweet Definition of skip Like Definition of skip on Facebook
    1. A leaping, jumping or skipping movement.
    2. An open-topped rubbish bin, ranging in size from perhaps 1.5x1.5 metres up to 6x3 metres, designed to be lifted onto the back of a truck to take away both bin and contents. See also skep.
    3. (slang) An Australian person of Anglo-Celtic descent. Used by people of southern European descent (those who the "skips" in turn call "wogs"), not used by Anglo Australians themselves. Usually taken to be from w:Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo and not of itself insulting (though might be used as such).
    2001: Effie: How did you find the second, the defacto, and what nationality is she? <br> Barber: She is Australian.<br> Effie: Is she? Gone for a skip. You little radical you. <br> &mdash; w:Mary Coustas, Mary Coustas as her character w:Effie, Effie, TV series Effie: Just Quietly, 2001, episode Nearest and Dearest
    1. (curling)The player who call the shots, calls the shots and traditionally throws the last two rocks
    2. Short for skipper, the master or captain of a ship.
    verb (skip, p, ed)
    1. To move by hopping on alternate feet.
    2. To leap about lightly.
    3. To skim, ricochet or bounce over a surface.
    4. To omit or disregard intermediate items or stages.
    my heart just skipped a beat.
    1. To place an item in a skip.
    slab Tweet Definition of slab Like Definition of slab on Facebook
    1. A large, flat shaped piece of material such as stone, concrete, clay, butter etc..
    2. A paving stone, flagstone
    3. (computing) the equivalent to a 12-bit byte in some computers
    4. (Australian) a box containing twenty-four 375&nbsp;ml aluminium cans of beer
    5. (Slang) full-size luxury pre-1980 GM vehicles, primarily Buick, Oldsmobile, and Cadillac
    slag Tweet Definition of slag Like Definition of slag on Facebook
    1. The impurity, impurities which result and are separated out when melting a metal or refine, refining it from its ore; also, vitrify, vitrified cinders.
    2. The scoria of a volcano.
    3. (context, UK, AU, pejorative) A woman (sometimes a man) who has loose morals relating to sex.
    verb (slags, slagging, slagged, slagged)
    1. (transitive) To make slag.
    2. (transitive) To talk badly about someone; to denigrate someone.
    slip Tweet Definition of slip Like Definition of slip on Facebook
    1. An act or instance of slipping.
    2. A women's undergarment worn under a skirt or dress.
    3. A small piece of paper.
    4. A berth for a boat or ship.
    5. A mistake or error (slip of the tongue.)
    6. (uncountable) In ceramics, a thin, slippery mix of clay and water.
    7. (cricket) Any of several fielding positions to the off side of the wicket keeper, designed to catch the ball after being deflected from the bat; a fielder in that position (See first slip, second slip, third slip, fourth slip and fifth slip.)
    8. The difference between the speed of a rotating magnetic field and the speed of its rotor.
    verb (slip, p, ing)
    1. (intransitive) To lose one's traction on a slippery surface; to slide due to a lack of friction.
    2. (intransitive) To err.
    3. (transitive) To pass (a note, etc.)
      • 1883, w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
      • : We slipped along the hedges, noiseless and swift...
    slug Tweet Definition of slug Like Definition of slug on Facebook
    noun (wikipedia, Slug (disambiguation), slug)
    1. Any of many terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks, having no (or only rudimentary) shell
    2. (physics, rarely used) the Imperial (English) unit of mass that accelerates by 1 foot per second squared (1 ft/s²) when a force of one pound-force (lbf) is exerted on it.
    3. A discrete quantity of one fluid that flows though the line surrounded by another.
    4. A bullet.
    5. A counterfeit coin, especially one used to steal from vending machines.
    6. A shot of a drink, usually alcoholic.
    7. A title, name or header
    8. (slang) A lazy person, a sluggard.
    9. (context, television editing) A black screen
    10. (context, typesetting) A piece of typemetal imprinted by a Linotype machine; also a black mark placed in the margin to indicate an error
    verb (slug, g, ed)
    1. To drink quickly; to gulp.
    2. To down a shot.
    3. (transitive) To hit very hard.
    He insulted my mother, so I slugged him.
    The batter slugged the ball out of the park.
    smelt Tweet Definition of smelt Like Definition of smelt on Facebook
    1. a family of small anadromous fish common in the North American Great Lakes
    1. (past of, smell)
    Smith Tweet Definition of Smith Like Definition of Smith on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. An English surname (the most common in Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand); derived from the trade name smith.
    smithy Tweet Definition of smithy Like Definition of smithy on Facebook
    noun (smith, ies)
    1. The location where a smith (particularly a blacksmith) works.
      Traditionally a village was a busy place because the smith's work was so necessary.
    smooth Tweet Definition of smooth Like Definition of smooth on Facebook
    adjective (smoother, smoothest)
    1. Having a texture that lacks friction. Not rough.
      • 2005, w:Plato, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. w:Stephanus pagination, 229e.
      • : Teaching that's done by talking seems to have one rough path and another part which is smoother.
        1. Without difficulty, problems, or unexpected consequences or incidents.
        We hope for a transition to the new system.
    snarl Tweet Definition of snarl Like Definition of snarl on Facebook
    1. A knot or complication of hair, thread, or the like, difficult to disentangle; entanglement; hence, intricate complication; embarrassing difficulty.
    2. The act of snarling; a growl; a surly or peevish expression; an angry contention.
    1. To form raised work upon the outer surface of (thin metal ware) by the repercussion of a snarling iron upon the inner surface.
    2. To entangle; to complicate; to involve in knots; as, to snarl a skein of thread.
    3. To embarrass; to insnare.
    4. To growl, as an angry or surly dog; to gnarl; to utter grumbling sounds.
    5. To speak crossly; to talk in rude, surly terms.
    soak Tweet Definition of soak Like Definition of soak on Facebook
    1. An immersion in water etc.
      • "After the climb, I had a nice long in a bath."
      • (cattag2, Slang, UK) A drunkard.
    1. (intransitive) To be saturated with liquid by being immersed in it.
    I'm going to in the bath for a couple of hours.
    1. (transitive) To immerse in liquid to the point of saturation or thorough permeation.
    "Soak the beans overnight before cooking."
    1. (intransitive) To penetrate or permeate by saturation.
    The water soaked into my shoes and gave me wet feet.
    1. (transitive) To allow (especially a liquid) to be absorbed; to take in, receive. (usually + up)
    I soaked up all the knowledge I could at university.
    soft Tweet Definition of soft Like Definition of soft on Facebook
    adjective ((compar): softer, (superl): softest)
    1. Giving way under pressure.
    My head sank easily into the soft pillow.
    1. (context, of cloth or similar material) Smooth and flexible.
    Polish the silver with a soft cloth to avoid scratching.
    1. Gentle.
    There was a soft breeze blowing.
    1. (context, of a sound) Quiet.
    I could hear the soft rustle of the leaves in the trees.''
    1. (linguistics) voiced, sonant
    DH represents the voiced (soft) th of English these clothes. " w:The Lords of the Rings, The Lord of the Rings, w:J.R.R. Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien
    1. (linguistics) (rare) voiceless
    2. (linguistics) palatalized
    3. Lacking strength or resolve.
    When it comes to drinking, Wessel is as soft as they come.
    1. (context, of water) Low in dissolved calcium compounds.
    You won't need as much soap, as the water here is very soft.
    1. (Northern British, colloquial) Foolish.
    speculum Tweet Definition of speculum Like Definition of speculum on Facebook
    noun (pl=speculums, pl2=specula)
    1. (medicine) A medical instrument used during an examination to dilate an orifice.
    2. A mirror.
    spin Tweet Definition of spin Like Definition of spin on Facebook
    1. circular, Circular motion.
    2. (physics) A quantum angular momentum associated with subatomic particles, which also creates a magnetic moment.
    3. A favourable comment or interpretation intended to bias opinion on an otherwise unpleasant situation.
    4. (cricket) rotation, Rotation of the ball as it flies through the air; sideways movement of the ball as it bounces.
    5. A condition of flight where a stalled aircraft is simultaneously pitching, yawing and rolling in a spinning motion.
    verb (spins, spinning, spun or span, spun)
    1. To turn around quickly.
    2. To present, describe, or interpret, or to introduce a bias or slant so as to give something a favorable or advantageous appearance.
    2006. In every administration there will be spokesmen and public affairs officers who try to spin the news to make the president look good. But this administration is trying to spin scientific data and muzzle scientists toward that end. &mdash; The Washington Post Editorial, The Politics of Science, Thursday, February 9, 2006; Page A22
    1. (context, cricket, of a bowler) To make the ball move sideways when it bounces on the pitch.
    2. (context, cricket, of a ball) To move sideways when bouncing.
    1. (cricket) Describing a spin bowler, or his style of bowling.
    sponge Tweet Definition of sponge Like Definition of sponge on Facebook
    1. (countable) Any of various marine invertebrates, mostly of the phylum Porifera, that have a porous skeleton often of silica
    2. (countable) A piece of porous material used for washing (originally made from the invertebrates, now often made of plastic)
    3. (uncountable) A porous material such as sponges consist of
    4. (informal) A heavy drinker
    5. (countable, uncountable) A light cake
    6. (countable, uncountable, UK) A type of steamed pudding
    7. (slang) A person who takes advantage of the generosity of others (abstractly imagined to absorb or soak up the money or efforts of others like a sponge)
    verb (spong, ing)
    1. (slang) To take advantage of the kindness of others.
    He has been sponging off his friends for a month now.
    1. To clean, soak up, or dab with a sponge.
    sprig Tweet Definition of sprig Like Definition of sprig on Facebook
    1. A small shoot or twig of a tree or other plant; a spray.
      a of laurel or of parsley
    2. A youth; a lad; -- used humorously or in slight disparagement.
    3. A brad, or nail without a head.
    4. A small eyebolt ragged or barbed at the point.
    sprue Tweet Definition of sprue Like Definition of sprue on Facebook
    1. (medicine) A tropical disease causing a sore throat and tongue, and disturbed digestion; psilosis.
    stainless steel Tweet Definition of stainless steel Like Definition of stainless steel on Facebook
    1. An alloy of iron and chromium that resists corrosion.
    adjective (pos=stainless steel, -)
    1. Made of stainless steel.
    stainless steel cutlery
    stand Tweet Definition of stand Like Definition of stand on Facebook
    1. A device to hold something upright or aloft.
    He set the music upon the and began to play.
    1. The platform on which a witness testifies in court; the witness stand or witness box.
    She took the and quietly answered questions.
    1. A resolute, unwavering position; firm opinion; action for a purpose in the face of opposition.
    They took a firm against copyright infringement.
    1. A particular grove or other group of trees.
    This of pines is older than the one next to it.
    1. (forestry) A contiguous group of trees sufficiently uniform in age-class distribution, composition, and structure, and growing on a site of sufficiently uniform quality, to be a distinguishable unit.
    2. A small building, booth, or stage, as in a bandstand or hamburger stand.
    3. A designated spot where someone or something may stand or wait: taxi stand.
    4. (cricket) A partnership.
    verb (stands, standing, stood, stood or archaic standen)
    1. (intransitive) To be upright, support oneself on the feet in an erect position.
    Here I stand, wondering what to do next.
    1. (intransitive) To rise to one's feet; to stand up.
    Stand up, walk to the refrigerator, and get your own snack.
    1. (intransitive) To remain motionless.
    Do not leave your car standing in the road.
    1. (context, cricket, intransitive) To act as an umpire.
    2. (intransitive) To undergo; withstand; hold up.
    The works of Shakespeare have stood the test of time.
    1. (transitive) To tolerate.
    I can't stand when people don't read the instructions.
    I can't her.
    1. (intransitive) To place in an upright or standing position.
    He stood the broom in a corner and took a break.
    1. (context, UK, intransitive) To seek election
    He is standing for election to the local council
    steel Tweet Definition of steel Like Definition of steel on Facebook
    noun (uncountable)
    1. A metal alloy of mostly iron plus carbon, harder than pure iron but malleable when hot.
    2. A tool used to sharpen or hone knives.
    3. A sword.
    1. made of steel
    sterling Tweet Definition of sterling Like Definition of sterling on Facebook
    1. the currency of the United Kingdom; especially the pound
    2. former British gold or silver coinage of a standard fineness: for gold 0.91666 and for silver 0.925.
    3. sterling silver, or articles made from this material
    1. of, or relating to British currency, or the former British coinage
    2. of, relating to, or made from sterling silver
    3. high quality
    strip Tweet Definition of strip Like Definition of strip on Facebook
    1. a long, thin piece of a bigger item
      • You use strips of paper in papier mache.
        1. a series of drawings, a comic
        2. a landing strip
        3. a street with multiple shopping or entertainment possibilities
        4. (fencing) The fencing area, roughly 14 meters by 2 meters.
        5. (UK football) the uniform of a football team, or the same worn by supporters.
    verb (strip, p, ing)
    1. (transitive) To remove or take away.
      • Norm will the old varnish before painting the chair.
        1. (transitive) To take off clothing.
        2. (intransitive) To do a striptease.
        3. (transitive) To completely take away, to plunder.
      • The robbers stripped Norm of everything he owned.
        1. (transitive) To remove the threads from a screw or the teeth from a gear.
        2. (transitive) To remove color from hair, cloth, etc. to prepare it to receive new color.
        3. (transitive) (in Bridge) To remove all cards of a particular suit from another player. (See also, strip-squeeze.)
    superplastic Tweet Definition of superplastic Like Definition of superplastic on Facebook
    1. exhibiting superplasticity
    swage Tweet Definition of swage Like Definition of swage on Facebook
    1. A tool, variously shaped or grooved on the end or face, used by blacksmiths and other workers in metals, for shaping their work.
    swarf Tweet Definition of swarf Like Definition of swarf on Facebook
    1. the waste chips or shavings from metalworking
    2. the grit worn away by use of a grindstone

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