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stunt

noun [C] uk   /stʌnt/ us  

stunt noun [C] (EXCITING ACTION)

an exciting action, usually in a film, that is dangerous or appears dangerous and usually needs to be done by someone skilled: It's a typical action movie with plenty of spectacular stunts. Tom Cruise has performed his own stunts for Mission Impossible 2, defying warnings from professionals.

stunt noun [C] (GET ATTENTION)

mainly disapproving something that is done to get attention for the person or people responsible for it: an advertising stunt Their marriage was just a cheap publicity stunt.

stunt

verb [T] uk   /stʌnt/ us  
to prevent the growth or development of something from reaching its limit: Drought has stunted (the growth of) this year's cereal crop.
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