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spate

noun [C usually singular] uk   /speɪt/ us  
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. 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.
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