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gallop

verb uk   us   /ˈɡæl.əp/
[I or T] (of a horse) to run fast so that all four feet come off the ground together in each act of forward movement, or (of a person) to ride a horse that is running in this way: We galloped through the woods. [I usually + adv/prep] informal to move or act quickly: It is the height of folly and a tragic waste to gallop into war.
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gallop

noun [S] uk   us   /ˈɡæl.əp/

gallop noun [S] (RUN)

the fast run or speed of a horse when it is galloping, or an act of galloping: At the sound of gunfire the horse suddenly broke into a gallop.

gallop noun [S] (SPEED)

a fast speed: We had to complete the work at a gallop (= very quickly).
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