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noun [countable] American food stamp pronunciation in American English 
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singularfood stamp
pluralfood stamps

or food coupon food stamp pronunciation in American English

  1. a small piece of paper that is used to buy food, given to poor people by the U.S. government
    go on food stamps (=receive them from the government):

    When my father lost his job, we had to go on food stamps.


a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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