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English definition of “elbow”

elbow

noun [C] uk   /ˈel.bəʊ/ us    /-boʊ/
B1 the part in the middle of the arm where it bends, or the part of a piece of clothing that covers this area: Her arm was bandaged from the elbow to the fingers. The sleeve of his shirt was torn at the elbow.

elbow

verb [T usually + adv/prep] uk   /ˈel.bəʊ/ us    /-boʊ/
disapproving to push someone rudely with your elbows so that you can move or have more space: He elbowed his way to the front of the crowd. They elbowed the onlookers aside. to hit someone with your elbow, sometimes as a sign to make them notice or remember something: She elbowed me in the ribs before I could say anything.
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