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mafia

noun [+ sing/pl verb] uk   /ˈmæf.i.ə/ us    /ˈmɑː.fi.ə/
the Mafia a criminal organization that began in Sicily and is active in Italy and the US [C] a close group of people who are involved in similar activities and who help and protect each other, sometimes to the disadvantage of others
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