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noun storm pronunciation in American English /stɔrm/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an occasion when a lot of rain falls very quickly, often with very strong winds or thunder and lightning

    A fierce storm hit the west coast of Florida early this morning.

    a storm breaks (=begins):

    A violent storm broke just as we reached the mountain.

    a storm sweeps (=moves very quickly):

    Cars were forced to the side of the road as a severe summer storm swept the area.

    a storm is brewing (=will happen soon):

    There was a storm brewing on the horizon.

  2. 2
    [singular] a situation in which many people are upset or excited

    the storm over working conditions

    cause/provoke/spark a storm of something:

    His arrest provoked a storm of protest.

    a storm brews (=starts):

    Laurence is blissfully unaware of the legal storm brewing around him.



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