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  1. 1
    in such a way that something seems to be true

    It looks as if it’s going to rain.

    Jack smiled as though he was enjoying a private joke.

  2. 2
    used when you are describing something and you imagine an explanation for it that you know is not the real one

    The house was in such a mess – it looked as though a bomb had dropped on it.

  3. 3
    spoken used for emphasizing that something is not true or is not important

    ‘Don’t get lost or anything, will you?’ ‘As if I would – I’m not stupid.’

    Why was he worrying about the interview? – As if it mattered anyway!

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snap election

a general election … that is called earlier than expected

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