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noun [countable] preliminary pronunciation in British English /priˈlɪmɪn(ə)ri/
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  1. 1
    [often plural] something that is said or done to introduce or prepare for something else

    After a few brief preliminaries, she launched into her speech.

  2. 2

    the preliminaries

    [plural] the first part of a competition in which those who win compete in the main event and those who are defeated no longer take part

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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