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English definition of “trough”


noun [C]     /trɒf/
CONTAINER a long, narrow container that animals eat or drink fromAnimal food
LOW POINT formal a low point in a series of high and low points: peaks and troughs Higher and lower points of achievementSuccess and achievementsFailures
(Definition of trough noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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