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woe

noun     /wəʊ/ US  /woʊ/
woes [plural] formal great problems or troubles : The country has been beset by economic woes for the past decade . Unusually poor harvests have added to the country's woes.Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters [U] literary extreme sadness : Her face was lined and full of woe. He told me a real tale of woe about how he had lost both his job and his house in the same week .Sadness and regret
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