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Topic: FOLKLORE

Language: Old English
Origin: gast

ghost

1 noun
     
ghost1 [countable]
1

spirit

RF the spirit of a dead person that some people think they can feel or see in a place
ghost of
the ghost of Old Tom Morris
They say the young girl's ghost still haunts (=often appears in) the house.
He looked as if he'd seen a ghost (=he looked very frightened).
Holy Ghost
2

memory/effect

the memory or effect of someone or something bad that lived, existed, or happened in the past
ghost of
The ghost of Stalinism still affects life in Russia today.
3

the ghost of a smile/sound etc

a smile etc that is so slight you are not sure it happened:
The ghost of a smile flitted across her sad features.
4TD

television/computer

AMT a second image that is not clear on a television or computer screen
5

give up the ghost

a) if a machine gives up the ghost, it does not work any more and cannot be repaired - used humorously:
Unfortunately, my car's just given up the ghost.
b) to die
6

(not) a ghost of a chance

not even a slight chance of doing something, or of something happening:
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