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dirt

noun [U] uk   /dɜːt/ us    /dɝːt/

dirt noun [U] (NOT CLEAN)

B1 dust, soil, or any substance that makes a surface not clean: His coat was covered with dirt. mainly US soil on the ground: I've been digging in the dirt, planting seeds. informal solid waste: I got some dog dirt on my shoes.
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dirt noun [U] (GOSSIP)

informal unpleasant or bad details about someone's private life that are repeated or published to influence people's opinion of them in a negative way: Journalists are always digging for (= trying to discover) dirt.
Translations of “dirt”
in Korean 먼지, 흙…
in Arabic قَذارة, تُربة…
in French saleté…
in Turkish kir, pislik, çamur…
in Italian sporcizia, terra…
in Chinese (Traditional) 骯髒, 塵土,泥土,灰塵, 鬆土,浮土…
in Russian грязь, земля, грунт…
in Polish brud, ziemia…
in Spanish suciedad…
in Portuguese sujeira, terra…
in German der Schmutz…
in Catalan brutícia, terra…
in Japanese 汚れ, 泥…
in Chinese (Simplified) 肮脏, 尘土,泥土,灰尘, 松土,浮土…
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