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Topic: SPORT

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: bout 'one trip up the field and back in plowing' (16-19 centuries), from bought 'bending' (14-17 centuries)

bout

noun
     
bout [countable]
1

a bout of depression/flu/sickness etc

a short period of time during which you suffer from an illness
2 a short period of time during which you do something a lot, especially something that is bad for you:
a drinking bout
bout of
a bout of unemployment
3DS a boxing or wrestling match
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