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    Definition of bubble noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

    bubble

    noun
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    /?b?bl/
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    /?b?bl/
    Idioms
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    1. a ball of air or gas in a liquid, or a ball of air inside a solid substance such as glass
      • champagne bubbles
      • a bubble of oxygen
      • He blew bubbles into the water through a straw.
      see also speech bubble
      Extra Examples
      • The champagne was full of tiny bubbles.
      • There are air bubbles trapped inside the ice.
      • Care must be taken to ensure that there are no bubbles trapped in the syringe.
      Oxford Collocations Dictionaryadjective
      • air
      • gas
      • soap
      verb + bubble
      • blow
      • burst
      • pop
      bubble + verb
      • form
      • burst
      • pop
      See full entry
    2. a round ball of liquid, containing air, produced by soap and water
      • The children like to have bubbles in their bath.
      • The children were blowing bubbles.
      • They jumped about, bursting the bubbles.
      Oxford Collocations Dictionaryadjective
      • air
      • gas
      • soap
      verb + bubble
      • blow
      • burst
      • pop
      bubble + verb
      • form
      • burst
      • pop
      See full entry
    3. a small amount of a feeling that somebody wants to express
      • a bubble of laughter/hope/enthusiasm
    4. a good or lucky situation that is unlikely to last long
      • Economists warned of a stock-market bubble.
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    5. (also social bubble)
      a small group of people with whom you are allowed to have physical contact during a period when social distancing is otherwise required
      • He's been staying with his sister and her husband at weekends since he chose to form a bubble with them.
      Topics Health and Fitnessc2
    6. Word OriginMiddle English: partly imitative, partly an alteration of burble.
    Idioms
    the bubble bursts
    1. there is a sudden end to a good or lucky situation
      • When the bubble finally burst, hundreds of people lost their jobs.
      • The optimistic bubble has now burst and economists agree the recession will continue.
    burst somebody’s bubble
    1. to bring an end to somebody’s hopes, happiness, etc.
      • He seemed so happy, I couldn’t burst his bubble so soon.
    See bubble in the Oxford Advanced American DictionarySee bubble in the Oxford Learner's Dictionary of Academic English
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