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noun [countable]     fringe pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    British short hair that hangs down over your forehead. The American word is bangs

    My fringe needs cutting.

  2. 2
    a row of fibres or thin pieces of cloth that hang down from a piece of cloth or clothing

    a blue scarf with long black fringes

  3. 3
    the outer edge of something

    factories on the northern fringe of the city

  4. 4
    people or activities that are considered strange or extreme

    Their views belong to the wilder fringes of European politics.

    on the fringe/fringes:

    He has been forced to live on the fringes of society.

    1. a.
      activities that are connected with a major public event but are not an official part of it

      the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

      He made a speech on the fringe of the Conservative Party Conference.

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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