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Meaning of zeugma

zeug•ma

Pronunciation: (zg'mu), [key]
— n. Gram.,
  1. the use of a word to modify or govern two or more words when it is appropriate to only one of them or is appropriate to each but in a different way, as in to wage war and peace or On his fishing trip, he caught three trout and a cold. Cf.
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