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phenomenon
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The Great Gatsby
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as in: The phenomenon was observed... Define
something that exists -- especially something that can be seen or sensed and is of special interest
  • [T]here are, among other natural curiosities, two unusual formations of land. Twenty miles from the city a pair of enormous eggs, identical in contour and separated only by a courtesy bay.... They are not perfect ovals..., they are both crushed flat at the contact end.... [A] more arresting phenomenon is their dissimilarity in every particular except shape and size. I lived at West Egg, the — well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them.

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  • It is a growing social phenomenon on high school campuses.
  • The phenomenon was predicted by Einstein.

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as in: The phenomenon was observed... Define
something that exists -- especially something that can be seen or sensed and is of special interest
as in: She is a phenomenon. Define
someone or something considered extraordinary
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