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 strongsir pronunciation in American English /sɜr/ weaksir pronunciation in American English /sər/
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    spoken used as a polite way of speaking to a man. This word can be used by someone who works in a store or restaurant for speaking to a customer, by someone speaking to a senior officer, or by someone speaking to another person whose name they do not know

    That’ll be $5.50, please, sir.

    Would you like a drink, sir?

    Excuse me sir, do you know what the time is?

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      American used by a boy or young man as a polite way of speaking to an older man

      Does your mother know about this?” “No, sir.”

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    British spoken used by students for talking to or about a male teacher

    If you don’t know the answer, ask sir.

    Sir, may I go to the toilet?

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    used before the name of a man who is a knight or baronet
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to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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