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stake

noun [C] (STICK)    /steɪk/
a strong stick or metal bar with a pointed end: The stakes are pushed or hammered into the ground and can be used for supporting a plant or forming part of a fence.Poles, rods, shafts and sticks the stake in the past, a wooden post to which people were tied before being burned to death as a punishment: In medieval Europe, many women were accused of being witches and were burned at the stake.Death penalties
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