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Definition of laurel noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] a bush with dark, smooth, shiny leaves that remain on the bush and stay green through the year a laurel hedge
  2. 2laurels [plural] honor and praise given to someone because of something that they have achieved She won laurels for her first novel.
  3. Idioms
    rest/sit on your laurels (usually disapproving)
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    to feel so satisfied with what you have already achieved that you do not try to do any more
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: laurel

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