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noun spine pronunciation in British English /spaɪn/ 
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singularspine
pluralspines
  1. 2
    [countable] the edge of a book where all the pages are fixed together
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  2. 3
    [countable] a sharp point on a plant or animal
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  3. 4
    [uncountable] informal the determination and strong personality that you need in order to do what is right or to deal with a dangerous or difficult situation

    He'll never do it – he's got no spine.

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