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    a family in which one or both partners have children from a previous relationship, in addition to any children they have together

    Smash is staying with her mother for the holidays because her dad is on honeymoon with his new young wife. So I have a very modern jigsaw family.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 17/08/2012
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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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