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noun [countable]     sweetheart pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    spoken used for talking to someone who you love

    Take care, sweetheart.

  2. 2
    used especially by men for talking to a woman whose name they do not know. Many women find this use offensive

    ‘I make films, sweetheart. That’s my job.’

  3. 3
    informal old-fashioned a kind and helpful person

    He’s a real sweetheart.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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