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Topic: FOOD

Language: Old English
Origin: hlaf

loaf

1 noun
     
loaf
loaf1 plural loaves
1DF [countable] bread that is shaped and baked in one piece and can be cut into slices:
a sliced loaf British English
2DFF [uncountable and countable] food that has been cut into very small pieces, pressed together, and baked:
a meat loaf
3

use your loaf

British English old-fashioned used to tell someone to think more carefully about what they are doing
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