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While I was working on the terminal (mac os) I pressed wrong combo then the 'def' word highlightend. I found it is very useful.

How to turn on and turn off highlight on a word? (shortcut key, no command or script please)

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You probably hit * or #, which searches for the word currently below the cursor and moves the cursor to the the next/previous match.

This also highlights all matches when hlsearch is set.

Turn off highlighting:

:noh

See here: Highlight all occurrence of a selected word?

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