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pendulumnoun

uk   /ˈpen.dʒəl.əm/ us   /ˈpen.dʒəl.əm/
[C] a device consisting of a weight on a stick or thread that moves from one side to the other, especially one that forms a part of some types of clocks: The pendulum in the grandfather clock swung back and forth. The spaceship's jets were fired periodically to dampen a side-to-side pendulum motion that had developed.
[S] a change, especially from one opinion to an opposite one: As so often in education, the pendulum has swung back to the other extreme and testing is popular again.
(Definition of pendulum from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pendulumnoun [C]

us   /ˈpen·dʒə·ləm/
a device consisting of a weight hanging on a rod or cord that moves from one side to the other, esp. one that forms a part of a clock
A pendulum is also power or control of an activity that changes from one group to another: In labor-management relations, the pendulum has swung wildly in the direction of the players.
(Definition of pendulum from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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