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short form     -’s pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    a way of saying or writing ‘is’ and ‘has’. This is not often used in formal writing

    She’s in the kitchen.

    John’s gone out.

  2. 2
    spoken a way of sayingdoes’ in some questions, that many people consider to be incorrect

    How’s that look?

  3. 3
    the usual way of saying or writing ‘us’ when you use it with ‘let’ to make a suggestion

    Let’s not tell him now – let’s give him a surprise.

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patio diplomacy

high-level diplomats meeting and dining in an informal environment e.g. a party or club

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