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noun rib pronunciation in British English /rɪb/
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  1. 1
    [countable] one of the long curved bones that are in your chest

    The child was so thin you could see its ribs.

    He suffered bruising and a cracked rib.

  2. 2
    [countable] one of the bones that are in the chest of an animal
    1. a.
      [countable] [usually plural] a piece of meat that is attached to the rib of an animal
  3. 3
    [countable] a long curved part of the frame of something


used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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