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"gutter" in British English

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gutternoun

uk   /ˈɡʌt.ər/  us   /ˈɡʌt̬.ɚ/
  • gutter noun (CHANNEL)

[C] the ​edge of a ​road where ​rainflows away [C] an ​openpipe, usually at the ​loweredge of a ​roof, that ​collects and ​carries away ​rain
  • gutter noun (SOCIAL LEVEL)

the gutter [S] the ​lowestlevel, ​especially of ​society: Born to a ​poverty-strickenfamily, she ​dragged herself out of the gutter to ​become a ​successfulbusinessowner.

gutterverb [I]

uk   /ˈɡʌt.ər/  us   /ˈɡʌt̬.ɚ/ literary
(Definition of gutter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gutter" in American English

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gutternoun

 us   /ˈɡʌt̬·ər/
  • gutter noun (CHANNEL)

[C] a ​channel at the ​loweredge of a ​roof for ​carrying away ​rain, or a ​side of a ​road that is ​lower than the ​center of the ​road, where ​water and ​garbagecollects: Every ​fall we have to ​cleanleaves out of the gutters.
  • gutter noun (BAD MORALITY)

[U] a ​condition of very ​lowmoralstandards: The ​campaign went ​right into the gutter ​once the ​candidatesstarted debating. [U] Gutter ​talk is ​offensivelanguage.
(Definition of gutter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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