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darling

noun [C]     /ˈdɑː.lɪŋ/ US  /ˈdɑːr-/
B2 a person who is very much loved or liked: Oh darling, I do love you. Here's your change, darling. In spite of his unpopularity in the USSR, Gorbachev remained a/the darling of (= very popular with) the West right to the end. Note: This is used as a name between people who love each other and people who are being friendly. As a friendly way of talking to someone it is not usually used between men.Affectionate terms of address
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