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"curfew" in British English

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curfewnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈkɜː.fjuː/  us   /ˈkɝː-/
a ​rule that everyone must ​stay at ​home between ​particulartimes, usually at ​night, ​especially during a ​war or a ​period of ​politicaltrouble: to impose/lift a curfew a ​midnight curfew He was ​shot for breaking (= not ​obeying) the curfew. mainly US a ​time by which a ​child must be ​home in the ​evening: You'll be in ​trouble if you get ​home after curfew.
(Definition of curfew from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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curfewnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkɜr·fju/
a ​rule that some or all ​people must ​stay off the ​streets during ​particularhours, used esp. to ​maintainpeace during a ​period of ​violence: to ​impose/​lift a curfew
(Definition of curfew from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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