bout ( bouts plural )
1 n-count If you have a boutof an illness or of an unpleasant feeling, you have it for a short period.
usu N of n
He was recovering from a severe bout of flu..., I was suffering with a bout of nerves.
2 n-count A boutof something that is unpleasant is a short time during which it occurs a great deal.
usu N of n
The latest bout of violence has claimed twenty four lives..., A half-hour daily walk can be more beneficial than one hard bout of exercise a week.
3 n-count A bout is a boxing or wrestling match.
This will be his eighth title bout in 19 months.
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