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Ways of wishing someone well or ill

bless you

used when someone has sneezed

have a good/nice something

used for saying that you hope someone enjoys something such as a journey, holiday, or period of time

a plague on someone

used for saying that you hope something bad happens to someone who you are angry with

may someone rest in peace

used for saying that you hope that someone who is dead is not suffering any longer



a friendly message sent to someone on their birthday, at Christmas etc

round robin


a letter or greeting that is sent to a lot of people at the same time, for example with news about your family at Christmas time



a message that is delivered to someone on their birthday or another special occasion by a man or a woman who is dressed in a special costume and who kisses them



used for saying that you hope that someone enjoys something or that something good happens to them






used for wishing someone good health after they sneeze

dark pool

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

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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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