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elbownoun [C]

uk   /ˈel.bəʊ/  us   /ˈel.boʊ/
B1 the ​part in the ​middle of the ​arm where it ​bends, or the ​part of a ​piece of ​clothing that ​covers this ​area: Her ​arm was ​bandaged from the elbow to the ​fingers. The ​sleeve of his ​shirt was ​torn at the elbow.

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elbowverb [T usually + adv/prep]

uk   /ˈel.bəʊ/  us   /ˈel.boʊ/
disapproving to ​push someone ​rudely with ​your elbows so that you can ​move or have more ​space: He elbowed his way to the ​front of the ​crowd. They elbowed the ​onlookersaside.
to ​hit someone with ​your elbow, sometimes as a ​sign to make them ​notice or ​remember something: She elbowed me in the ​ribs before I could say anything.
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(Definition of elbow from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"elbow" in American English

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elbownoun [C]

 us   /ˈel·boʊ/
the ​bonypoint at which the ​armbends, or the ​part of a ​piece of ​clothing which ​covers this ​area: His ​shirtsleeve was ​torn at the elbow.

elbowverb [T]

 us   /ˈel·boʊ/
to ​push with an elbow, or to ​pushrudely, esp. to get past someone: He elbowed his way through the ​crowd.
(Definition of elbow from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “elbow”
in Korean 팔꿈치…
in Arabic مِرْفَق, كوع…
in Malaysian siku…
in French coude…
in Russian локоть…
in Chinese (Traditional) 肘, (衣服的)肘部…
in Italian gomito…
in Turkish dirsek…
in Polish łokieć…
in Spanish codo…
in Vietnamese khuỷu tay…
in Portuguese cotovelo…
in Thai ศอก…
in German der Ellbogen…
in Catalan colze…
in Japanese ひじ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 肘, (衣服的)肘部…
in Indonesian siku…
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