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noun [singular/uncountable]     limbo pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    in the Roman Catholic religion, the place between heaven and hell where some people who are not Christians go when they die
  2. 2
    a situation or state where you are not certain and you have to wait to find out what will happen next
    in limbo:

    While she waits to hear if she has a place at a college, Jess is in limbo.

  3. 3

    the limbo

    a dance from the Caribbean in which people bend backwards and go under a stick that is moved lower as the dance continues. It is often also called limbo dancing.


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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