Definition of be in (full) flood in English:

be in (full) flood

phrase

  • 1(of a river) be overflowing its banks.

    • ‘After their arguments, tears would burst like rivers in flood and lamentations rose like smoke from the house.’
    • ‘The agency's regional flood defence committee backed the scheme to provide a dedicated outfall from the Riccall Ings washlands which can hold nearly two billion gallons of water when the river is in flood.’
    • ‘The decision to call off the event was made in the interest of safety as the river Mahon was in flood and would have constituted an unacceptable risk.’
    • ‘Covering a river coming down in flood, you find yourself in a position to make a decision of possibly historical importance.’
    • ‘These have been days of rain, and now the river in flood carries its familiar load of dissolved earth, plastic trash, whole trees.’
    • ‘When he wishes to replace a footbridge, swept away by the river in flood, he gives instructions for it to be built of larch, because it is cheap and quick.’
    • ‘Sadly, because it is such an unusual occurrence, people take their lives into their hands by attempting to cross swollen rivers, which, when they are in flood, results in loss of life and property.’
    • ‘In the 12 th century Queen Matilda came riding from London to Barking Forest for a spot of hunting only to get a soaking because the river was in flood, and so she ordered a bridge to be built instead.’
    • ‘The Environment Agency has agreed to remove material from the Skell after members of the public raised concerns over the quantity brought down when it and the River Laver were in flood.’
    • ‘Getting supplies to the farm depended on the rivers not being in flood.’
    • ‘But the river was in flood and police underwater search teams could not go into the water.’
    • ‘The giant pumps are part of a multi-million pound flood relief scheme which is designed to divert the River Tutt out of Boroughbridge when the River Ure is in flood.’
    • ‘Following a site meeting on Wednesday, officers asked for electronic modelling work to predict how the wheel may affect the flow of the river when it is in flood and the park is under water.’
    • ‘The river begins expanding in early March and continues in flood until late June.’
    • ‘The search was launched but it became immediately apparent that conditions were very dangerous as the river was in flood and the water visibility was down to just six inches.’
    • ‘When the river is in flood seepage is occurring at several locations.’
    • ‘The reason for this was that these were only licences to capture water when the river was in flood, so naturally licence holders would need to spend quite a bit of money on a dam to hold their water.’
    • ‘Both dogs went to the river, which was in flood at the time.’
    • ‘The river is in flood at present with water discoloured but this appears to have had no detrimental effect on catches.’
    • ‘The Zambezi River has been in flood for the last three months following heavy rains in Zambia and Angola.’
    swollen, congested
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1be in full flood Be progressing or talking vigorously or enthusiastically:
      ‘discussion was already in full flood and refused to be dammed’
      ‘she was in full flood about the glories of bicycling’
      • ‘He was in full flood when the chairman of the committee stopped him with the words, "You are not a member of this committee, John. You are not entitled to speak!"’
      • ‘At which point certain members of the audience could restrain themselves no longer and began to heckle and then question these assertions whilst he was in full flood.’