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  1. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    used for referring to a type of British play of the 1950s and 1960s which showed the conflicts or unpleasant quality of home life in a realistic way

    It's not just a kitchen sink drama.

    Submitted by simplicissimus from Romania on 27/11/2016


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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