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brougham (broom, BROO-uhm, broam, BROA-uhm) noun

1. A closed four-wheeled carriage with an open driver's seat in front.

2. An automobile with an open driver's seat.

3. An electrically powered automobile resembling a coupe.

[After Henry Peter Brougham, First Baron Brougham and Vaux (1778-1868), Scottish-born jurist.]

(The most silent letters in a row)

"`As long as one of you will play it matters not which. But we do not want a walkover so let us take the brougham,' sighed Mr Bennet." Dearer Miss Nomer, Independent, 30 Dec 1996.

This week's theme: words with an unusual arrangement of letters.


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