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pose

  
[1]  
      vb  
1    to assume or cause to assume a physical attitude, as for a photograph or painting  
2    intr; often foll by: as   to pretend to be or present oneself (as something one is not)  
3    intr   to affect an attitude or play a part in order to impress others  
4    tr   to put forward, ask, or assert  
to pose a question     
      n  
5    a physical attitude, esp. one deliberately adopted for or represented by an artist or photographer  
6    a mode of behaviour that is adopted for effect  
     (C14: from Old French poser to set in place, from Late Latin pausare to cease, put down (influenced by Latin ponere to place))  
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pose, posey, Posen, poser

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
exp.
a problem, a trouble, a hiccup
the fly in the ointment that summer was the terrible weather: l' ennui cet été là fut le mauvais temps.
n.
one who solves people's problems
n.
a clusterfuck means several problems occurring at the same time
Mainly US usage, very colloquial/vulgar
adj.
with a complex structure; difficult to approach; multiple problems generator
exp.
used to point out that small problems or unpleasant events can in the end help things get better

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