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  1. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    a bicycle you can hire in London from a public organisation. It is named after London Mayor Boris Johnson.

    Often people use a Boris bike to get to the Tube, but even though it’s only part of their commute it can really speed it up.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 20/04/2011


a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

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