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1‘a wad of cotton wool’
lump, mass, chunk, hunk, wedge, ball, clump, block, pat, brick, cube, bar, cake, slab, nugget, plug, pad, knob, gobbet, glob, dollop, cluster, nub
bit, piece, portion, segment
British informal wodge, gob
2‘Mike pulled out a wad of hundred-dollar bills’
bundle, roll, bankroll, pile, stack, sheaf, pocketful, load
3‘a huge wad of tobacco’
quid, twist, plug, chew
North American informal chaw
rare pigtail, cud, cake
1‘the teddy bear had huge empty eye sockets wadded with cotton’
stuff, pad, fill, pack, line
wrap, cover, encase, cushion, protect
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