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140213212750-house-of-cards-season-2-exlarge-169A dramatic change in TV viewing habits has seen “binge-watch” named word of the year by UK-based dictionary Collins.

Usage of the verb — defined as “to watch a large number of television programs (especially all the shows from one series) in succession” — has tripled since the previous year, according to the publisher.

Although not a new coinage, the word was a runaway winner due to a sharp rise in its usage, which reflected a change in behavior, Elaine Higgleton, international publisher at Collins Learning, told CNN.

“It’s actually been around since the 1990s, and binge is an old Lincolnshire dialect word that made its way into common English in the 19th century,” she said.

“From a very slow start, it has really taken off exponentially as a term people are using every day,” she said, reflecting the popularity of online streaming services like Netflix that allow viewers to watch hit shows, like “Breaking Bad” or “House of Cards,” on demand.

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