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  1. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    the style of language used in newspaper headlines, which tries to save space by leaving out words such as 'the'; for example 'PM hails breakthrough in pay talks'

    Just as an example, headlinese uses the infinitive to mark the futurein declarative sentences and allows singular count NPs withoutdeterminers ("Obamas to buy puppy"), but these are ungrammaticalstructures in English.

    Submitted by Harris Park from United Kingdom on 25/03/2011


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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