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  1. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    a place where awkward or inconvenient information can be put; from '1984' by George Orwell

    How Truth Slips Down The Memory Hole

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 23/03/2015
  2. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to get rid of awkward or inconvenient information

    Samsung has memory-holed the Orwellian passage from its SmartTV privacy policy, but questions remain | Memory-holed Scientist Feared Resonant Frequency "Ray Gun" Would Fall into Wrong Hands.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 23/03/2015
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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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

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