from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of bidi.

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  • n. a thin, often flavored, Indian cigarette made of tobacco wrapped in a tendu leaf


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From Hindi बीड़ी (bidi).


  • This young 'beedi'-roller thus ends up being deprived of a proper education, on the one hand, and welfare benefits, on the other - Although she works of Jai Hind Beedi, a local manufacturing unit, she is not on its rolls. Current News - Top Stories

  • The most common work in the forests of Chhattisgarh is subsistence farming and the gathering and selling of leaves for Indian "beedi" cigarettes -- a job that brings in a meagre

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  • May 4, 2010 at 9:07 am iz a kitteh wiff big teef an fluffy tale. liddle eerz an beedi ais. but dey iz wunderfil wilde fings.

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  • The government said that former Union health minister Anbumani Ramadoss had lied when he alleged the minutes of the GoM (Group of Ministers) meeting on the issue of pictorial health warnings on cigarette and beedi packs had been altered due to pressure from tobacco and cigarette manufacturers and to benefit the tobacco industry.

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  • Right after the strong and effective guidelines to stop tobacco industry interference in health policies were adopted by the government representatives of 160 countries including India, the pictorial warnings on all tobacco products that were supposed to become mandatory from 30 November 2008 in India, were, again delayed "" reportedly due to hectic lobbying by the industry allies and other entities like the beedi growers 'association.

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  • We called him Bapaji, and I remember him squatting on his haunches in the street near sunset during Ramadan, his face white with hunger and rage as he puffed on a beedi.

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  • It runs between the beedi manufacturers, the Naxalites and the government.

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  • He was famous for blowing hammer and sickle rings with his beedi smoke- a cool comrade at 75.

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  • Here Pimple's soliloquy climaxed in such a torrent of obscenities that the beedi-smokers sat up for the first time and commenced animatedly to compare Pimple's vocabulary with that of the infamous bandit queen Phoolan Devi whose oaths could melt rifle barrels and turn journalists 'pencils to rubber in a trice.

    The Satanic Verses

  • The report points out that by 2020, tobacco will be responsible for 13 per cent of all deaths in the country and estimates that without any intervention more than 38.4 million beedi smokers and 13.2 million cigarette smokers are likely to die prematurely due to smoking.

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