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Definition of limbo noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, singular] a situation in which you are not certain what to do next, cannot take action, etc., especially because you are waiting for someone else to make a decision the limbo of the stateless person His life seemed stuck in limbo; he could not go forward and he could not go back.
  2. 2[countable] a Caribbean dance in which you lean backward and go under a bar that is made lower each time you go under it
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