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noun [countable] bank pronunciation in American English /bæŋk/
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  1. 1
    a financial institution that people or businesses can keep their money in or borrow money from

    Marge works at Bank of America.

    a New York investment bank

    1. a.
      an office of a bank

      I need to go to the bank this morning.

    2. b.
      [only before noun] belonging to or connected with a bank
  2. 2
    a raised area of land along the side of a river

    A man was fishing on the opposite bank.

    bank of:

    The fashion district lies on the east bank of the river.

    1. a.
      a long area of land with sloping sides

      I climbed a steep bank that overlooked the field.

    2. b.
      a long pile of earth, snow, or sand
      bank of:

      Great banks of snow and ice lined the roads.

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    the bank of mum and dad when parents lend or give their grown-up children money to help them pay for things they need or want but can't afford

    The phrase: 'Bank of Mum and Dad', may have originally been coined as a joke but nowadays this monetary notion is much more of a reality.

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