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shadow

adjective [before noun]     /ˈʃædəʊ/
POLITICS in the UK, used to describe a leading member of Parliament whose party is not in power but who would be part of the cabinet (= people who are in charge of a department and make the main decisions) if their party were in power: the shadow Foreign Secretary
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