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ghost town

  
     ( ghost towns    plural  ) A ghost town is a town which used to be busy and wealthy but is now poor and deserted.      n-count  
Mogadishu is said to be a virtual ghost town, deserted by two-thirds of its residents.     
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ghost     ( ghosts    plural & 3rd person present)   ( ghosting    present participle)   ( ghosted    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A ghost is the spirit of a dead person that someone believes they can see or feel.  
oft N of n  
...the ghost of Marie Antoinette..., The village is haunted by the ghosts of the dead children.     
2       n-count   The ghost of something, especially of something bad that has happened, is the memory of it.  
N of n  
...the ghost of anti-Americanism.     
3       n-sing   If there is a ghost of something, that thing is so faint or weak that it hardly exists.  
N of n  
He gave the ghost of a smile..., The sun was warm and there was just a ghost of a breeze from the north-west.     
4       verb   If a book or other piece of writing is ghosted, it is written by a writer for another person, for example a politician or sportsman, who then publishes it as his or her own work.   (=ghost-write)  
I published his autobiography, which was very competently ghosted by a woman journalist from the Daily Mail...      be V-ed  
I ghosted his weekly rugby column for the Telegraph.      V n  
5    If someone does not stand or does not have a ghost of a chance of doing something, they have very little chance of succeeding in it.  
INFORMAL  
a ghost of a chance      phrase   v PHR, with neg  
He doesn't stand a ghost of a chance of selling the house.     


ghost story        ( ghost stories    plural  ) A ghost story is a story about ghosts.      n-count  
ghost town        ( ghost towns    plural  ) A ghost town is a town which used to be busy and wealthy but is now poor and deserted.      n-count  
Mogadishu is said to be a virtual ghost town, deserted by two-thirds of its residents.     
ghost-write        ( ghost-writes    3rd person present)   ( ghost-writing    present participle)   ( ghost-wrote    past tense)   ( ghost-written    past participle  ) , ghostwrite   If a book or other piece of writing is ghost-written, it is written by a writer for another person, for example a politician or sportsman, who then publishes it as his or her own work.      verb   usu passive   (=ghost)  
Articles were ghost-written by company employees.      be V-ed  
ghost writer        ( ghost writers    plural  ) , ghostwriter   A ghost writer is someone who writes a book or other published work instead of the person who is named as the author.      n-count  
Holy Ghost     
The Holy Ghost is the same as the Holy Spirit.      n-proper   the N  

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ghost

  
1    apparition, eidolon, manes, phantasm, phantom, revenant, shade     (literary)   soul, spectre, spirit, spook     (informal)   wraith  
2    glimmer, hint, possibility, semblance, shadow, suggestion, trace  

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n.
jamaican slang for ghost
n.
a popular person in a community
exp.
celebrate smth. with excitement; party wildly; party all night long
adv.
1. in a remote area, an area in the countryside that is far from a town or city 2. in a town or city regarded as dull or unsophisticated
[Fig.];[Informal];[Disapproving] Syn.: In the backwoods, in the middle of nowhere.
n.
purple dye sprayed by a police water cannon to mark the demonstrators for arrest. The purple substance was dubbed 'purple rain' by the press after an anti-apartheid protest held in Cape Town on September 2, 1989.
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