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noun British English pronunciation: flood /flʌd/ 
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pluralfloods
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a large amount of water that covers an area that was dry before

    The southwest of England has been badly hit by floods.

    Ambulances could not get through the floods.

    After three weeks the flood waters finally receded.

  2. 2
    [countable] a large number of people or things that move somewhere or arrive somewhere at the same time
    flood of:

    The border areas are trying to cope with a flood of refugees.

    We received a flood of letters protesting against the change.

    1. a.
      a large number of things that happen at the same time
      flood of:

      This year has seen a flood of new consumer legislation.

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