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English definition of “spate”


noun     /speɪt/
a spate of accidents/crimes/thefts, etc a large number of bad things that happen at about the same time Large in number or quantity
(Definition of spate noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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