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phantom

noun [C] uk   /ˈfæn.təm/ us    /-t̬əm/
a spirit of a dead person believed by some to visit the living as a pale, almost transparent form of a person, animal, or other object
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adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈfæn.təm/ us    /-t̬əm/
like a ghost: A phantom coach is said to pass through the grounds of this house when there's a full moon.humorous The phantom wine-drinker has been around (= an unknown person has been drinking the wine)! describes something that you imagine exists or that appears to exist, although in fact it does not: Although she had to have her leg amputated, she still feels as though she's got a phantom limb. They discovered it was a phantom organization set up for the processing of drug profits.UK Although she grew bigger, she later discovered it was a phantom (US false) pregnancy.
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