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noun (FENCE)    /ˈhɜː.dl̩/ US  /ˈhɝː-/
[C] a frame or fence for jumping over in a race: He fell at the last hurdle. She cleared (= jumped over) all the hurdles easily and raced to the finishing line.AthleticsHorse racingHorse riding hurdles [plural] a race in which people or horses jump over hurdles: the 400-metres hurdlesAthletics
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