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verb [I]     /kjuː/ UK (US line, US line up, also UK queue up)
B2 to wait in a line of people , often to buy something: Dozens of people were queueing up to get tickets . We had to queue for three hours to get in.WaitingStaying and remaining informal to want very much to do something: [+ to infinitive] There are thousands of young women queueing up to be models .Wanting thingsHoping and hopefulness
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