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maelstrom

noun uk   /ˈmeɪl.strɒm/ us    /-strəm/

maelstrom noun (SITUATION)

[C usually singular] a situation in which there is great confusion, violence, and destruction: The country is gradually being sucked into the maelstrom of civil war.

maelstrom noun (WATER)

[C] an area of water that moves with a very strong circular movement and sucks in anything that goes past
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