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uhmb re luh

  • n  a lightweight handheld collapsible canopy
  • n  a formation of military planes maintained over ground operations or targets
    an air umbrella over England
  • n  having the function of uniting a group of similar things
    the Democratic Party is an umbrella for many liberal groups
    under the umbrella of capitalism
  • s  covering or applying simultaneously to a number of similar items or elements or groups
    an umbrella organization
    umbrella insurance coverage

  • Far more familiar to Europeans than Anthony Eden's famed black Homburg is British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's black, rolled umbrella.
  • In the languid, landlocked little Indo-Chinese kingdom of Laos, a man's rank is told by the color of his umbrella.
  • Umbrellas are supposed to keep the water out, but those $5 throwaway models will soak through in a downpour, and even the best umbrellas drip annoyingly when you bring them indoors .
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