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noun [countable]     Trojan horse pronunciation in British English
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singularTrojan horse
pluralTrojan horses
  1. someone or something that seems good or helpful to a person or organization but whose real purpose is to harm or destroy them
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In Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, the Greek army besieging the city of Troy built a huge wooden horse and hid soldiers inside it, then pretended to leave. When the Trojans took the horse into the city, the Greek soldiers came out and opened the gates, allowing the city to be destroyed.


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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