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Discovering that land is affected by a ransom strip can be elating if you are the owner of the ransom strip or extremely depressing if you are the owner of the land.
used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …
said in a way that is intended to make someone feel stupid or bad
the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives
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Definition and synonyms of ransom strip from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.