albatross Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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albatrossnoun

uk   /ˈæl.bə.trɒs/  us   /-trɑːs/

albatross noun (BIRD)

[C] a ​largewhitebird with ​long, ​strongwings that ​lives near the ​sea, ​foundespecially in the ​areas of the ​Pacific and ​South Atlantic oceans

albatross noun (PROBLEM)

[S] something or someone you ​want to be ​free from because that thing or ​person is ​causing you ​problems: Her own ​supporterssee her as an albatross who could ​lose them the ​election.
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