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must-have

[ muhst-hav ]
/ ˈmʌstˈhæv /
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noun

something considered absolutely necessary or essential to own: This cookbook is a must-have for chocolate lovers.

adjective

essential to own: a must-have black cocktail dress.

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Origin of must-have

First recorded in 1835–40; noun use of verb phrase must have
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British Dictionary definitions for must-have

must-have

noun

an essential possessionthe mobile phone is now a must-have for children

adjective

essentiala must-have fashion accessory
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