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noun stoppage pronunciation in British English /ˈstɒpɪdʒ/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a time when people stop working as a protest

    a 24-hour stoppage by rail workers

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a period of time when a game stops because of injury or bad weather
  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] the act of stopping something

    The stoppage of exports shouldn’t last long.

  4. 4


    [plural] British money taken for tax, pension etc before you receive your salary


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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