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noun [countable]     shield pronunciation in British English
/ʃiːld/
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pluralshields
  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
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