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    if a hotel books you out, it moves you to another hotel, usually because it is full and does not have the room for you that you reserved.

    Due to a recent strike, a Paris hotel was faced with the possibility of having to book their guests out to another establishment.

    Submitted by Emma from France on 11/06/2009

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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