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Periods of bad health

illness

noun

a particular disease, or a period of being ill

bout

noun

a short period when you are ill or you feel unhappy

attack

noun

the beginning or return of an illness, or the period during which you have it

spell

noun

a time when you suddenly feel ill

relapse

noun

a period of illness after you had been getting better

flare-up

noun

an occasion when a disease suddenly returns after you have not had it for some time

episode

noun

a time when someone is affected by an illness or a medical condition

breakout

noun

a sudden appearance of a disease

turn

noun

an occasion when you suddenly feel ill or very weak

seizure

noun

a sudden attack of a disease such as epilepsy that makes your body shake. A more informal word for this is a fit

dark pool

a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

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bottom line

the amount of money that a business makes or loses

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subtweet

to post a tweet, usually a negative one, that mentions a person without using the @ sign, so that they will not see the message on their Twitter feed …

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