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wailverb

uk   us   /weɪl/
[I or T] to make a long, high cry, usually because of pain or sadness: The women gathered around the coffin and began to wail, as was the custom in the region. [+ speech] "My finger hurts," wailed the child. [I] informal to complain loudly or strongly: [+ that] Business people wailed that their trade would be ruined.

wailnoun [C]

uk   us   /weɪl/
a long, high, loud cry, especially because of something unpleasant: a wail of anguish the wail of the police sirens
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