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noose

noun uk   /nuːs/ us  
[C] one end of a rope tied to form a circle that can be tightened round something such as a person's neck to hang (= kill) them: They put him on the back of a horse and looped a noose around his neck.Cords, ropes, cables and stringDeath penalties [S] a serious problem or limit: The noose of poverty was tightening (= becoming more serious) daily.Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
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