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riddle

noun uk   /ˈrɪd.l̩/ us  

riddle noun (QUESTION)

[C] a type of question that describes something in a difficult and confusing way and has a clever or funny answer, often asked as a game [C usually singular] something that is confusing, or a problem that is difficult to solve: Scientists may have solved the riddle of Saturn's rings.

riddle

verb [T] uk   /ˈrɪd.l̩/ us  
to make a lot of holes in something: The anti-aircraft guns riddled the plane's wings with bullets.
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