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noun [countable] cabinet pronunciation in British English /ˈkæbɪnət/
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    a group of members of a government who are chosen by the leader of the government to give advice and be responsible for its policies. In the British political system, members of the cabinet are called cabinet ministers and each minister is usually the head of one of the main government departments, such as Health or Defence

    The PM called a meeting of his cabinet.

    a cabinet meeting



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

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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