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adjective ugly pronunciation in American English /ˈʌɡli/
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  1. 1
    someone who is ugly has a face that is unpleasant to look at. Ugly is an unkind word, so people often use the word plain instead, to avoid causing offense

    The other man was hideously ugly.

    She won’t wear T-shirts because she thinks her arms are ugly.

    1. a.
      something that is ugly is unpleasant to look at

      Do you think the rust makes the picture look ugly?

  2. 2
    an ugly situation involves violent or angry behavior

    There were ugly scenes following the game.

    turn ugly (=become unpleasant):

    The situation turned ugly when one of the police officers was hit by a rock.

  3. 3
    very unpleasant

    an ugly rumor

    the ugly face of something (=the unpleasant aspect of it):

    Critics have described the policy as the ugly face of Republicanism.

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noun [uncountable]


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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