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noun [countable]     tsunami pronunciation in American English
/tsuˈnɑmi/    tsunami pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    a very large wave or series of waves caused when something such as an earthquake moves a large quantity of water in the ocean
  2. 2
    an extremely large quantity of something bad
    tsunami of:

    He described the government’s explanation as a tsunami of lies.

  3. 3
    a disastrous situation that cannot be controlled

    Top investors expect a financial tsunami in the next year.

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