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English definition of “birch”


noun (PUNISHMENT)    /bɜːtʃ/ US  /bɝːtʃ/
the birch [S] UK an official punishment in the past, that involved hitting a person across the bottom with thin sticks. The thins sticks are also called the birch.Punishing by causing painHitting and beatingPunishing and punishments birch     verb [T] to punish someone with the birchPunishing by causing painHitting and beatingPunishing and punishments
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