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noun [countable]     shield pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    an object that soldiers carried in the past to protect themselves from being hit
    1. c.
      someone or something that protects you from harm or bad experiences
      shield against:

      weapons systems designed to provide a shield against nuclear attack

      My relationship with my sister was a shield against the ugliness of our childhood.

  2. 2
    a design shaped like a soldier’s shield, especially one used on a badge or a coat of arms
    1. b.
      a competition in which the prize is a shield


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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