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Noun. September 12, 2011, Word of the Day
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Definition

Somebody who is slow to see the light. Flouresecent lights in India, usually in "tube" form, employ an electrical device known as a "choke" used to get the voltage and current levels up in the tube to the point at which fluorescence occurs. Typically it would take 3-4 cycles for this to happen, with the blinking on and blinking off. Therefore the phrase "tubelight" came to mean somebody who was slow to see the light

Usage

I gave him all the clues and he didn't get the answer. He's a complete tubelight!
Added 2011-06-20 by Kannadoggy

Root

English

Region

South India

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On the light/ Off the light, sambrani, bulb, Bulp
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