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noun     miss pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1


    a title used in front of the last name or whole name of a girl or woman who is not married

    Miss Jane Smith

    There is a Miss Stevens waiting to see you.

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    1. a.
      formal used for talking politely to a girl or young woman whose name you do not know

      Excuse me, miss, are you looking for something?

    2. c.
      used in the title of a woman who has won a beauty competition

      Miss America

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    3. d.
      [countable] informal old-fashioned a girl or young woman, especially one who is rude or badly behaved

      What a sly little miss she is.

    See also Mrs, Ms
  2. 2
    [countable] a failure to hit or catch something, or to score in a game
  3. 3
    [countable] a failure, especially of a CD or a film
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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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