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noun [countable] pipe pronunciation in American English /paɪp/
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  1. 1
    a tube that carries liquid or gas from one place to another

    The pipes had frozen during the severe weather.

    lay a pipe:

    Workers were laying water pipes outside the house.

    a pipe leads/runs somewhere:

    A pipe runs to the hot water tap in the kitchen.

  2. 2
    an object used for smoking tobacco, consisting of a tube with a small bowl at the end

    a pipe smoker

    light a pipe:

    He filled his pipe with tobacco and lit it.

    puff on/at a pipe:

    The old man puffed thoughtfully away on his pipe.

  3. 3
    a simple musical instrument consisting of one or more tubes that you blow through
    1. a.
      one of the large tubes on an organ that air passes through to make the sound
    2. b.


a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

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