|Perl Language Reference Manual|
by Larry Wall and others
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The string matched by the last successful pattern match (not counting any matches hidden within a BLOCK or eval() enclosed by the current BLOCK). (Mnemonic: like & in some editors.) This variable is read-only and dynamically scoped to the current BLOCK.
The use of this variable anywhere in a program imposes a considerable performance penalty on all regular expression matches. See 10.4.
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