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“aftershock” in British English

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aftershocknoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɑːf.tə.ʃɒk/ us /ˈæf.tɚ.ʃɑːk/

a sudden movement of the earth's surface that often follows an earthquake and is less violent than the first main movement:

The initial earthquake was followed by a series of aftershocks.

(Definition of “aftershock” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“aftershock” in American English

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aftershocknoun [ C ]

us /ˈæf·tərˌʃɑk/

a sudden movement of the earth’s surface that often follows an earthquake and is less violent than the first main movement:

fig. There's going to be a real aftershock (= powerful effect) if the party loses another election.

(Definition of “aftershock” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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