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noun [uncountable] computing spam pronunciation in British English /spæm/

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  1. emails that are sent to large numbers of people on the Internet, especially when these are not wanted
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From Spam, the trade name for a type of cooked meat that is sold in tins. Because people had to eat so much of it during the Second World War, it became the object of many jokes.


a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

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