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noun     humbug pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] behaviour or talk that is not sincere
    1. a.
      [countable] someone whose talk or behaviour is not sincere
  2. 2
    [countable] a type of hard black and white sweet that tastes of peppermint

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