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bob

verb uk   /bɒb/ us    /bɑːb/ (-bb-)
[I] to move up and down quickly and gently, especially on the surface of water: In the harbour, the boats bobbed gently up and down on the water. [I usually + adv/prep, T] to move quickly in a particular direction: I dropped the bottle into the water and watched it bob up to the surface a moment later. Suddenly a head bobbed up from behind the hedge. She bobbed a curtsy (= bent down from the knees briefly as a sign of respect) to the Queen.

bob

noun uk   /bɒb/ us    /bɑːb/

bob noun (HAIRSTYLE)

[C] ( plural bobs) a women's hairstyle with the hair cut to neck length all around the head: I've had/worn my hair in a bob for ages.

bob noun (MONEY)

[C] ( plural bob) UK old-fashioned informal a shilling : a British coin used in the past: That coat cost me ten bob in 1956.

bob noun (MOVEMENT)

[C] ( plural bobs) a quick movement up and down: She acknowledged me with a quick bob of her head.

bob noun (SMALL THINGS)

bits and bobs [plural] UK informal small things or jobs of different types
(Definition of bob verb, noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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