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"Uncle Sam" in British English

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Uncle Samnoun [S not after the]

uk   us   /ˌʌŋ.kl̩ˈsæm/ informal
the US, or ​itsgovernment, sometimes ​represented by an ​image of a ​tall, ​thin man with a ​white beard and a ​tallhat
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Uncle Samnoun [U]

 us   /ˈʌŋ·kəl ˈsæm/
the US, or a ​symbol for the US or ​itsgovernment that is ​pictured as a ​tall, ​thin man with a ​whitebeard (= ​hair on the ​face) and a ​tallhatwearingclothescolored like the American ​flag
(Definition of Uncle Sam from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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