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al buh tros

  • n  (figurative) something that hinders or handicaps
    she was an albatross around his neck
  • n  large web-footed birds of the southern hemisphere having long narrow wings; noted for powerful gliding flight

  • A great white albatross soared round and round a South Atlantic ship.
  • The albatross reswallows and, with the brush stuck inside, wanders away.
  • In fact, she said "Yes, please" until the project became a symbol and political albatross.

  • Norman Finkelstein in Washington Post
    Tenure, Finkelstein said, was another matter entirely: "I recognize if they had me on campus as a tenured faculty I would be an albatross for them for 20 years," he said.
  • Paul Lawrie in Reuters
    The wind was a little off the left and I just hit a nice three-quarter four-iron,a smiling Lawrie told reporters. "I saw it go in which was kind of nice. It was lovely, my first one (albatross). It was just the perfect distance really and...
  • Sankar Chatterjee in KOSA
    These animals take the best parts of bats and birds,Chatterjee said. "They had the maneuverability of a bat, but could glide like an albatross. Nothing alive today compares to the performance and agility of these animals. They lived for...

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