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an event that is extremely rare and unexpected but has very significant consequences
British an event which is possible and known about, and potentially extremely significant, but considered to be unlikely to happen
an unusual or unexpected event
something that happens unexpectedly and makes you feel very surprised and upset
an event that causes you to feel very sad, disappointed, or shocked
a surprising and enjoyable experience that makes you realize something that you previously had not known
a situation that shocks you and makes you angry, especially one that you think someone in authority should change
a bad experience that makes you feel very upset, afraid, or shocked
something insulting that makes you shocked and angry
a shock that comes from learning that what you had believed or expected is not true
the action of deliberately dropping your microphone at the end of a speech or performance to show you think it was so good that nothing better could follow it
a coloured substance in the form of a small stick that women put on their lips, or a stick of this
moving with rhythm, together as one
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