English Cobuild dictionary: meaning of words and expressions, synonyms, definition

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Cat.
 n.
abnormal fear of pain.
 n.
a field of study searching for ways to prevent global warming by deliberately changing Earth's natural system
 n.
the fear of being unable to use one's mobile phone
 n.
posting a picture of one's pet on social media, with a sign describing the animal's wrongdoing
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1. [Mil.] a pilot who comes in support of the leading aircraft. He is positionned besides and slightly behind the leading aircraft. 2. [Fig.] a person who helps a friend to approach potential partners

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