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FOMO /ˈfəʊməʊ/
noun informal
anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website:
I realized I was a lifelong sufferer of FOMO.

early 21st century: abbreviation of
fear of missing out.

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a process of voting, in writing and typically in secret:
the commissioners were elected by ballot | next year's primary ballot.
(the ballot) the total number of votes cast in a ballot: he won 54 percent of the ballot.
the piece of paper used to record someone's vote.


ballots, balloting, balloted
[with object]
(of an organization) elicit a secret vote from (members) on a particular issue:
the union is preparing to ballot its members on the same issue.
• [no object] cast one's vote on a particular issue:
ambulance crews balloted unanimously to reject the deal.
• decide the allocation of (something) to applicants by drawing lots:
if the offer is oversubscribed acceptances will be balloted.
mid 16th century (originally denoting a small colored ball placed in a container to register a vote): from Italian
ballotta, diminutive of balla.