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déjà vu

noun [U] uk   /ˌdeɪ.ʒɑːˈvuː/ us  
the strange feeling that in some way you have already experienced what is happening now: When I met her, I had a strange feeling of déjà vu. disapproving The movie has a strong sense of déjà vu about it (= is similar to other movies and does not contain new ideas).
Translations of “déjà vu”
in Spanish Déjà Vu…
in Chinese (Traditional) 似曾經歷過的感覺, 似曾相識的感覺…
in Chinese (Simplified) 似曾经历过的感觉, 似曾相识的感觉…
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