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puncture

noun [C] uk   /ˈpʌŋk.tʃər/  us   /-tʃɚ/
a small hole made by a sharp object, especially in a tyre: My bike has had two punctures in the last three weeks. I (= my car tyre) had a puncture when I was driving back from work. She had a puncture wound in her arm, from a wasp sting.

puncture

verb uk   /ˈpʌŋk.tʃər/  us   /-tʃɚ/
[I or T] to make a small hole in something, or to get a small hole in something: She had used a screwdriver to puncture two holes in the lid of a paint tin. The knife went through his ribs and punctured his lung. [T] to suddenly make someone less confident or positive: My positive mood was rather punctured by the news.
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