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thaw

noun [C usually sing]    /θɔ/
a period of warmer weather when snow and ice begin to melt: With the spring thaw, the rivers and lakes swelled. A thaw is also a change to a friendlier attitude esp. between people or countries that were enemies: It was hoped that the agreement to exchange athletes would lead to a thaw in relations between the two countries.
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