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the germ of an idea/theory/feeling etc

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishthe germ of an idea/theory/feeling etcthe germ of an idea/theory/feeling etcBEGINNINGthe early stage of an idea, feeling etc that may develop into something bigger and more important The germ of a story began to form in his mind. germ
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the germ of an idea/theory/feeling etcIt represents the germ of an idea which someday might explode into a national objective.
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