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noun coach pronunciation in British English /kəʊtʃ/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable] British a long comfortable vehicle for carrying a large number of passengers, especially on long journeys

    We travelled to Oxford by coach.

    coach tour/trip/holiday:

    There are daily coach tours to Venice.

  2. 2
    [countable] someone who trains a sports player or team

    Nadal has a new coach.

    a baseball coach

  3. 3
    [countable] British one of the sections of a train. The American word is car

    First class accommodation is in the front two coaches.


a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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