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"maelstrom" in British English

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maelstromnoun

uk   /ˈmeɪl.strɒm/  us   /-strəm/
  • maelstrom noun (SITUATION)

[C usually singular] a ​situation in which there is ​greatconfusion, ​violence, and ​destruction: The ​country is ​gradually being ​sucked into the maelstrom ofcivilwar.
  • maelstrom noun (WATER)

[C] an ​area of ​water that ​moves with a very ​strongcircularmovement and ​sucks in anything that goes past
(Definition of maelstrom from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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maelstromnoun [C]

 us   /ˈmeɪl·strəm, -strɑm/
a ​situation in which there is ​greatconfusion, ​disagreement, or ​violence: It was a ​country in ​turmoil, ​caught up in a maelstrom of ​change.
(Definition of maelstrom from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “maelstrom”
in Chinese (Simplified) 情况, 大动乱, 骚乱…
in Chinese (Traditional) 情況, 大動亂, 騷亂…
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