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adjective ugly pronunciation in British English /ˈʌɡli/
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  1. 1
    someone who is ugly has a face that is unpleasant to look at. Ugly is an unkind word, so people often use the word plain instead, to avoid causing offence
    The other man was hideously ugly.
    She won’t wear T-shirts because she thinks her arms are ugly.
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    1. a.
      something that is ugly is unpleasant to look at
      an ugly concrete bridge
      Do you think its frame makes the picture look ugly?
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  2. 2
    very unpleasant
    an ugly rumour
    ugly racist propaganda
    the ugly face of something (=the unpleasant aspect of it): Critics have described the policy as the ugly face of Republicanism.
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  3. 3
    an ugly situation involves violent or angry behaviour
    There were ugly scenes following the match.
    an ugly confrontation
    turn ugly (=become unpleasant): The situation turned ugly when one of the police officers was hit by a rock.

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red market

the buying and selling of human organs

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