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deluge

noun [C] uk   /ˈdel.juːdʒ/ us  
a very large amount of rain or water: This little stream can become a deluge when it rains heavily. a deluge of sth a lot of something: The newspaper received a deluge of complaints/letters/phone calls about the article.

deluge

verb [T usually passive] uk   /ˈdel.juːdʒ/ us  
to cover something with a lot of water: The city was deluged when the river burst its banks.figurative We've been deluged with (= have received a lot of) replies.
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