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O'Neill

[ oh-neel ]
/ oʊˈnil /
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noun
Eugene (Gladstone), 1888–1953, U.S. playwright: Nobel prize 1936.
Thomas P(hilip) "Tip", 1912–1994, U.S. politician: congressman 1953–87; speaker of the House 1977–87.
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O'Neill
/ (əʊˈniːl) /

noun
Eugene (Gladstone). 1888–1953, US dramatist. His works, which are notable for their emotional power and psychological analysis, include Desire under the Elms (1924), Strange Interlude (1928), Mourning becomes Elektra (1931), Long Day's Journey into Night (1941), and The Iceman Cometh (1946): Nobel prize for literature 1936
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