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Meaning of hiccup

hic•cup

Pronunciation: (hik'up, -up), [key]
— n., v., -cuped -cupped, -cup•ing -cup•ping.
—n.
  1. a quick, involuntary inhalation that follows a spasm of the diaphragm and is suddenly checked by closure of the glottis, producing a short, relatively sharp sound.
  2. Usually,the condition of having such spasms: She got the hiccups just as she began to speak.
  3. a minor difficulty, interruption, setback, etc.: a hiccup in the stock market.
—v.i.
  1. to make the sound of a hiccup: The motor hiccuped as it started.
  2. to have the hiccups.
  3. to experience a temporary decline, setback, interruption, etc.: There was general alarm when the economy hiccuped.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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