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hiccup

  
  ( hiccups    plural & 3rd person present)   ( hiccuping    present participle)   ( hiccupping    present participle)   ( hiccuped    past tense & past participle)   ( hiccupped    past tense & past participle  ) , hiccough  
1       n-count   You can refer to a small problem or difficulty as a hiccup, especially if it does not last very long or is easily put right.  
usu with supp, oft n N, N in n  
A recent sales hiccup is nothing to panic about...     
2       n-uncount   When you have hiccups, you make repeated sharp sounds in your throat, often because you have been eating or drinking too quickly.  
also the N  
A young baby may frequently get a bout of hiccups during or soon after a feed.     
3       n-count   A hiccup is a sound of the kind that you make when you have hiccups.  
4       verb   When you hiccup, you make repeated sharp sounds in your throat.  
She was still hiccuping from the egg she had swallowed whole.      V  
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hiccough, hick, hi, high up

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
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.
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