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A.Word.A.Day--debouch

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This week's theme: verbs.

debouch (di-BOUCH, di-BOOSH) verb intr.

1. To march out from a narrow or confined place into an open area.

2. To emerge or issue from a narrow area into the open.

[From French deboucher, from de- (out of) + boucher, from bouche (mouth), from Latin bucca (mouth or cheek). The word buckle (as in a belt) derives from the same Latin root.]

See more usage examples of debouch in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"Russia, the world's second-largest oil exporter, wants Central Asian resources to be transported across its territory. Iran, also an oil producer, wants the energy pipelines to debouch at its ports, the shortest route." Eric S. Margolis; Russia Checkmated Its New Best Friend; The Los Angeles Times; Nov 28, 2001.

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