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preen

verb uk   us   /priːn/

preen verb (TIDY)

[I or T] If a bird preens or preens itself, it cleans and arranges its feathers using its beak. [I or T] disapproving to spend time making yourself look attractive: Roald always spends ages preening (himself) before he goes out.

preen verb (FEEL PROUD)

preen yourself to feel very proud or satisfied with yourself because of an action or quality: The government is publicly preening itself on the latest trade figures. The company preened itself for having taken on so many new employees last year.
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