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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Chronology
hourglasshour‧glass /ˈaʊəɡlɑːs $ ˈaʊrɡlæs/ noun [countable]  1 hourglass.jpg TMCa glass container for measuring time in which sand moves slowly from the top half to the bottom in exactly one houregg-timer2 hourglass figure
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hourglassLike sand in an hourglass, simultaneously pulled in both directions by the mysterious appetite of a two-headed gravity.I picture the evolution of human consciousness in the shape of an hourglass.The sand has run out of the hourglass.
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