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Stockholm syndrome

noun [U] uk   /ˈstɒk.həʊmˌsɪn.drəʊm/ us    /ˈstɑːk.hoʊmˌsɪn.droʊm/
the situation when a person who has been taken prisoner starts to like or trust the person or people who have taken them: In hostage-taking situations, it is not uncommon for Stockholm syndrome to develop.
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