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albatross

noun uk   /ˈæl.bə.trɒs/ us    /-trɑːs/

albatross noun (BIRD)

[C] a large white bird with long, strong wings that lives near the sea, found especially in the areas of the Pacific and South Atlantic oceans

albatross noun (PROBLEM)

[S] something or someone you want to be free from because that thing or person is causing you problems: Her own supporters see her as an albatross who could lose them the election.
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