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    a remainder of food from a meal

    When he confronted his prey his lips glistened with the foam of condensed rage and his cheeks and eyes exuded a brutish ardor like pigs' faces when they make ready to fall on the orts and peels heaped in their trough.

    Submitted by Bilyana Kalyonska from Bulgaria on 25/04/2016


a rainbow produced when water droplets in the air reflect light from the moon rather than the sun

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platform capitalism

a way of doing business that involves recruiting large numbers of people who work for themselves using the company's platform, as used by companies such as Uber, Deliveroo and the like

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