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to attempt or take on a task that is way to big and beyond one's capability
avoid the main topic ; discuss a matter without coming to the point ; to not speak directly/frankly/bluntly about the issue
Extreme and undesirable circumstances or situations can only be resolved by resorting to equally extreme and radical actions
Used as an euphemism for replacing the word ‘fuck', with reference to the latter's taboo status and potential to shock or offend
coined humorous term meaning the fear of long words
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