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English definition of “phantom”


adjective [before noun]     /ˈfæn.təm/ US  /-t̬əm/
like a ghost : A phantom coach is said to pass through the grounds of this house when there's a full moon .humorous The phantom wine-drinker has been around (= an unknown person has been drinking the wine )!Unreal things and unreality describes something that you imagine exists or that appears to exist , although in fact it does not: Although she had to have her leg amputated , she still feels as though she's got a phantom limb . They discovered it was a phantom organization set up for the processing of drug profits .UK Although she grew bigger , she later discovered it was a phantom (US false ) pregnancy .Unreal things and unreality
(Definition of phantom adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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