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woe

noun uk   /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. [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.
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