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typical

adjective uk   /ˈtɪp.ɪ.kəl/ us  
B1 showing all the characteristics that you would usually expect from a particular group of things: I must look like the typical tourist with my shorts and my camera. This sort of hot and spicy food is very typical of the food in the south of the country. Typical symptoms would include severe headaches, vomiting and dizziness. disapproving showing all the bad characteristics that you expect from someone or something, often in a way that is annoying: It's just typical of Ian to spend all that money on the equipment and then lose interest half way through the course. "He phoned in at the last minute to say he wasn't coming." "Typical!"
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