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dislocate

verb
     
Related topics: Illness and Disability
dis‧lo‧cate [transitive]
1MI to move a bone out of its normal position in a joint, usually in an accident:
I dislocated my shoulder playing football.
2 formal to spoil the way in which a plan, system, or service is arranged, so that it cannot work normally [= disrupt]:
Communications were temporarily dislocated by the bad weather.
dislocated adjective:
a dislocated elbow
dislocation noun [uncountable and countable]
a period of economic dislocation

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