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stronghold

noun [C] uk   /ˈstrɒŋ.həʊld/ us    /ˈstrɑːŋ.hoʊld/
a building or position that is strongly defended: a rebel stronghold They captured the last stronghold of the presidential guard.Fortifications a place or area where a particular belief or activity is common: Rural areas have been traditionally thought of as a stronghold of old-fashioned attitudes.Places and locationsUnpleasant places
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