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  1. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    1
    the practice of MPs (=Members of Parliament) or other legislators of moving to sit near a colleague who is making a statement under pressure in order show support

    When television cameras were first allowed into the Commons in 1989, viewers were warned about "doughnutting".

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 06/04/2014
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    2
    the activity of sliding down a snowy slope on a large rubber ringSubmitted from United Kingdom on 06/04/2014

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