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noun [countable] British     catherine wheel pronunciation in British English
/ˈkæθrɪn ˌwiːl/
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singularcatherine wheel
pluralcatherine wheels
  1. a circular firework (=an object that burns to produce coloured light and noise) that you fix to something so that it spins around when it starts to burn. The American word is pinwheel.
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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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