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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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fluflu /fluː/ ●●● S2 noun [uncountable]  MIa common illness that makes you feel very tired and weak, gives you a sore throat, and makes you cough and have to clear your nose a lot syn influenza Steven’s still in bed with flu. She’s got the flu. I couldn’t go because I had flu.a flu virus/bug the spread of the flu virus Doctors now fear a flu epidemic.
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fluFlu shots are recommended for people 55 and older.It is unknown how m any of those pneumonia cases were preceded by flu.Campbell, however, was suffering from flu yesterday and a decision on his fitness will not be made until today.Only replacement back Kenny Logan was an absentee, confined to bed suffering from the 24-hour flu bug.Pace of flu attack hits 14-year high.The guard said he has played a little sluggish because of the flu and an ankle sprain he suffered two weeks ago.The economy had not just a passing cold but a bad case of the flu.When Cottingham was 16, she got what she thought was the flu.flu epidemicFortunately, full-blown flu epidemics are relatively rare.Ah, that was the time we had a spring flu epidemic.Jane died in the flu epidemic in 1916.
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