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spate

noun [C usually singular]     /speɪt/
a larger number of events than usual , especially unpleasant ones , happening at about the same time : Police are investigating a spate of burglaries in the Kingsland Road area .Masses and large amounts of things in (full) spate UK If a river is in ( full ) spate, it has more water in it and is flowing faster than it usually does.Movement of liquidsWatercourses and waterfalls
(Definition of spate noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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