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tidal wave

noun [C] uk   us  

tidal wave noun [C] (SEA)

an extremely large wave caused by movement of the earth under the sea, often caused by an earthquake (= a shaking of the earth)
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tidal wave noun [C] (LARGE NUMBER)

a sudden large number of things: a tidal wave of complaints
Translations of “tidal wave”
in Chinese (Traditional) 海, 海嘯…
in Russian приливная волна…
in Turkish (okyanusta/denizde deprem sonrası oluşan) deprem dalgası…
in Chinese (Simplified) 海, 海啸…
in Polish fala pływowa…
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