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noun [countable]     pill pronunciation in American English
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  1. a small piece of solid medicine that you swallow with water
    take a pill:

    Did you remember to take your pills this morning?

    pill for:

    The doctor prescribed some pills for the pain.

    1. a.

      the pill

      a pill that a woman swallows every day to prevent her becoming pregnant

      Researchers have found a modest increase in risk among users of the pill.

      go/be on the pill:

      She went on the pill when she was 19.

      come off/go off the pill:

      I had to come off the pill when I developed medical problems.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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