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[pohl-li-ke wer-soh; English pol-uh-see vur-soh] /ˈpoʊl lɪˌkɛ ˈwɛr soʊ; English ˈpɒl ə si ˈvɜr soʊ/

adverb, Latin.
with thumbs turned downward: the sign made by spectators calling for the death of a defeated gladiator in the ancient Roman circus.


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