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hiccup

noun (UK also hiccough) uk   us   /ˈhɪk.ʌp/

hiccup noun (NOISE)

[C usually plural] a loud noise that you make in the throat without wanting to, caused by a sudden tightening of a muscle just below the chest and usually happening repeatedlythe hiccups [plural] a series of hiccups: I've got the hiccups. an attack of the hiccups

hiccup noun (PROBLEM)

[C] a problem that delays or interrupts something for a while, but does not usually cause serious difficulties: We've had one or two slight hiccups, but progress has generally been quite steady.

hiccup

verb [I] (-p-) (UK also hiccough) uk   us   /ˈhɪk.ʌp/
to make a hiccup: I can't stop hiccuping - does anyone know a good cure?
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