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noun American English pronunciation: noose /nus/ 
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singularnoose
pluralnooses
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    [singular] a dangerous situation that is difficult to escape from
    put/stick/place your head in a noose (=to put yourself in a dangerous situation):

    Politically, the party has put its head in a noose.

    tighten the noose (=to make a situation more difficult to escape from):

    The international community was tightening the economic noose around South Africa's neck.

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