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beard
  • noun
    A growth of hair on the chin and lower cheeks of a man's face. (he had a black beard)
    A person who carries out a transaction, typically a bet, for someone else in order to conceal the other's identity. (the beard permitted the manipulator to protect the odds)
    A woman who accompanies a homosexual man as an escort to a social occasion, in order to help conceal his homosexuality. (the closeted male and his female ‘beard’)
    verb
    Boldly confront or challenge (someone formidable) (he was afraid to beard the sultan himself)

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