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curfew

noun [C or U]     /ˈkɜː.fjuː/ US  /ˈkɝː-/
a rule that everyone must stay at home between particular times, usually at night, especially during a war or a period of political trouble: to impose/lift a curfew a midnight curfew He was shot for breaking (= not obeying) the curfew.Forbidding and banning things mainly US a time by which a child must be home in the evening: You'll be in trouble if you get home after curfew.Forbidding and banning things
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