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flannel

noun uk   us   /ˈflæn.əl/

flannel noun (PIECE OF CLOTH)

UK [C] a facecloth

flannel noun (TYPE OF CLOTH)

[U] a light cloth usually made from wool, used especially for making clothes: flannel trousersflannels [plural] UK trousers made of flannel: Traditionally, white flannels are worn when playing cricket.

flannel noun (UNNECESSARY WORDS)

[U] UK informal speech containing a lot of words that is used to avoid telling the truth or answering a question, and is often intended to deceive: Leave out the flannel and answer the question!

flannel

verb [I or T] uk   us   /ˈflæn.əl/ (-ll-) UK informal
to use a lot of words to avoid telling the truth or answering a question, often in order to deceive
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