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  • 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’)
    Boldly confront or challenge (someone formidable) (he was afraid to beard the sultan himself)


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