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verb [intransitive/transitive]     pucker pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participlepuckering
past tensepuckered
past participlepuckered
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    pucker up

    if your lips pucker, you squeeze them together and out
    1. a.
      if your forehead puckers, it becomes full of lines, for example because you are thinking or because your head hurts
  2. 2
    if a material puckers or is puckered, it becomes full of folds and is not flat

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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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