Definition of storm in English:

storm

noun

  • 1A violent disturbance of the atmosphere with strong winds and usually rain, thunder, lightning, or snow.

    • ‘These kinds of storms can produce rain, hail snow, thunder and lightning.’
    • ‘The storms also brought strong winds and frequent lightning, we are told.’
    • ‘This can lead to heavy and prolonged rain or storms in these areas, and possible flash flooding.’
    • ‘But the storm's winds and rain are still pretty much pounding that area.’
    • ‘It was pitch black outside, and the ground was dry and cracked, as if the storm had produced lightning but no rain.’
    • ‘However, I can already hear the thunder and lightning unleashing the fierce storm of the year.’
    • ‘In addition, there are strong winds and heavy storms in the region, particularly during winter.’
    • ‘The recent thunder and lightning storm was the worst of its kind seen in the area for many years.’
    • ‘Yesterday France was battered by storms and strong winds.’
    • ‘For winemakers in the Rhone, 2002 was a disastrous year, with violent storms and huge rainfall during the harvest.’
    • ‘About an hour after my arrival the storm arrived with rain, lightning and thunder.’
    • ‘He was standing in the middle of a storm; rain and wind battering his body.’
    • ‘The weather is unpredictable, with violent gales and storms having resulted in countless shipping casualties over the years, continuing right up to the present.’
    • ‘Hampshire was battered by high-speed winds and heavy rain yesterday as violent storms hit the county.’
    • ‘He also had an uncanny feel for the weather and many times accurately predicted a day of storms, especially violent thunderstorms and tornadoes.’
    • ‘The storm's winds were strong enough to uproot trees and to knock people off their feet.’
    • ‘As well as bringing milder winters and hotter summers, warmer weather could trigger more rain, fiercer winds and more frequent storms.’
    • ‘Over the past week lightning storms and heavy rain have caused a lot of problems, especially with holidaymakers and visitors.’
    • ‘The middle part of the month saw an increase in the number of storms and some very strong winds.’
    • ‘The night was getting darker and the rain harder, and no car went by, the storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him.’
    tempest, squall
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    1. 1.1 An intense low-pressure weather system; a cyclone.
      • ‘The pictures clearly show Jupiter's swirling cloud bands and the planet's famous Red Spot - thought to be a giant storm system.’
      • ‘The storm system is dumping rain as far south as central Pennsylvania and as far north as Ontario, Canada.’
      • ‘After generating tornadoes during the weekend, the storm system continued toward the east and south yesterday, producing heavy rain along an arc from Louisiana to Virginia.’
      • ‘The storm system is still causing flash floods along the Atlantic coast.’
      • ‘Travelers across the country saw delays and long lines at airports as a major storm system moved into the Great Lakes region.’
      • ‘Now this storm system has delayed flights in Atlanta, Chicago, Ohio and elsewhere.’
      • ‘Most of the South is sunny, but we do have one storm system that's pulling across the northern plains.’
      • ‘They had been trying to recall us because of a fast-moving storm system working its way from the north.’
      • ‘This same storm system hit the edge of Wilber and destroyed several area homes and farmsteads.’
      • ‘A storm system late last week brought welcome precipitation and limited relief to north central and northeast Nebraska, often with 2-4 inches of rain.’
      • ‘There's a cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal, about 600 km east southeast of Chennai.’
      • ‘The storm system delivering those temperatures is also expected to drop light snow from the Great Lakes to New England.’
      • ‘The severe storm system is expected to move further east into Pennsylvania and New York later this week.’
      • ‘A storm system raging across Western Europe continued to wreak havoc in the air and sea yesterday, bringing down an Italian helicopter and sinking an Italian cargo ship loaded with chemicals.’
      • ‘That same storm system caused flooding in roads and homes across central Ohio.’
      • ‘The whole storm system may be up to 10 miles high and on average 500 miles wide.’
      • ‘A massive storm system is expected to slam into the coast, bringing heavy rain and flooding.’
      • ‘Voyager observed lightning from an extended storm system at low latitudes, which lasted for months and appeared highly regular from one day to the next.’
      • ‘In the West, there's a big storm system that's rolling into the coast.’
      • ‘That storm system is now progressing on a northeasterly course, but it is weakening quickly.’
    2. 1.2 A wind of force 10 on the Beaufort scale (48–55 knots or 88–102 km/h).
      • ‘Heaving surf tore away a lifeguard tower at Windmill Beach and storm force winds reaching 40 mph destroyed a bus shelter.’
      • ‘The weather took a turn for the worse as a fierce force 11 storm forced the convoy to disperse over a wide area.’
      • ‘The passage from Ireland was quite rough with the vessel encountering storm force winds and high seas for days crossing the Bay of Biscay.’
      • ‘Fire crews in south and mid Pembrokeshire were inundated with calls over the weekend as storm force winds caused havoc across the county.’
      • ‘HMS Cumberland has sent back dramatic pictures of a mission to help an Icelandic trawler which was being battered by a Force 10 storm.’
      • ‘Whether it is the middle of the night or a force 10 storm, the platform keeps producing oil and gas.’
      • ‘The lifeboat launched in storm force 10-12 winds to help a stricken yacht, the Dasher, which was adrift with three people on board.’
      • ‘As the storm force winds abated late on Thursday evening conditions did improve in most areas.’
      • ‘In the early part of the month the Co. Down coast was battered by one of the worst storms for a number of years with easterly winds gusting up to severe storm force 11.’
      • ‘The storm blew at full force, and the lightning was getting closer.’
      • ‘Travelling back to Orkney around 7.45 pm, the ferry lost power to its bow thruster and was left drifting in storm force winds.’
      • ‘A spokesman for the Met Office in Manchester said the winds were storm force, but the gusts were up to 85 mph.’
      • ‘The storm force winds caused the snow on the Galtees to drift and accumulate and at the time of writing huge drifts are visible on the mountain slopes.’
      • ‘Elsewhere in the county, fire crews had a relatively quiet weekend despite the storm force winds.’
    3. 1.3 A heavy discharge of missiles or blows:
      ‘two men were taken by a storm of bullets’
      • ‘The hail of bullets was tremendous, and the squad hesitated amidst the storm.’
      • ‘I saw Wyatt pummeling Adrian under a storm of blows and I began to understand why I had not found a calling card from Ace.’
      • ‘His sidekick dies in a storm of gunfire while the don and his aide's wife are critically wounded.’
      • ‘The Columbia opened fire with full battery salvoes, disgorging a storm of blue-white plasma fire into the separate targets.’
      • ‘The referee halted the fight in the final round after a storm of blows followed a standing eight count early in the early seconds of the round.’
      • ‘You see scores of soldiers charge straight into storms of bullets, but they're just going to get shot and killed anyway.’
      • ‘Sighing, she jumped on top of the rock and was immediately blown backwards by a storm of fire.’
      volley, salvo, fusillade, barrage, discharge, shower, spray, hail, rain
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  • 2A tumultuous reaction; an uproar or controversy:

    ‘the book caused a storm in America’
    ‘the manager is at the centre of a drugs storm in Germany’
    • ‘We'll talk to the journalist at the center of the storm, David Wright.’
    • ‘However, a new poll suggests that the 39-year-old's public appeal has not been affected by the storm over drugs.’
    • ‘He created a storm of sorts in the 1966 autumn-winter collection when he had his women models in tuxedos, absolutely unheard of till then.’
    • ‘This was my first exposure to the raging storm of the creation-day controversy.’
    • ‘But the man at the center of the storm sits calmly in his office just a few doors down from the president's, playing down reports of a rift.’
    • ‘The reality right now is that if you try the second project first, you may find yourself at the center of a furious storm.’
    • ‘Closer to home, the Irish Times, once the stately ship of Irish journalism, continues to be battered by storms and controversy.’
    • ‘Tim should also see his way through to retirement, despite the storm engulfing the drugs industry.’
    • ‘At the center of the storm, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is facing a new round of scrutiny over warnings that went unheeded.’
    uproar, commotion, furore, brouhaha, trouble, disturbance, hue and cry, upheaval
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    1. 2.1 A vehement outburst of a specified feeling or reaction:
      ‘the disclosure raised a storm of protest’
      • ‘When radio jockeys aired a hitherto-unknown singer, little did they know that his voice would raise a storm of appreciation.’
      • ‘Howard's remarks set off a storm of controversy.’
      • ‘Looking more like a documentary than a typical TV drama, the films provoked a storm of outrage.’
      • ‘They toured extensively, creating a storm of enthusiasm at packed venues and festivals across America, Canada, Europe and Australia.’
      • ‘Last night, his comments prompted a storm of criticism from the sporting world, including football.’
      • ‘It is heavily laced with tension, drama and passion, as all three characters collide in a storm of passion, revenge and ultimately tragedy.’
      • ‘This was reported in the newspapers and aroused a storm of public criticism.’
      • ‘The news caused a storm of protest, particularly from rail unions.’
      • ‘When she released her first album in 1994, a storm of controversy erupted.’
      • ‘The remarks led to a storm of protest, but Connell refused to back down.’
      • ‘After a storm of protest, the conservation group agreed to talk to animal welfare groups to see if there was a way to save both hedgehogs and birds.’
      • ‘Despite the heavy secrecy imposed on this radical program, a storm of opposition will be hard to avoid.’
      • ‘Plans for a hotel in the heart of Sheffield seem likely to be rubber-stamped despite a storm of opposition.’
      • ‘But he has provoked a storm of opposition from islanders, politicians and mountaineers, who dispute his right to put such a national treasure on the market.’
      • ‘Naturally, the governor's comments raised a storm of criticism, especially from those groups representing ethnic Koreans.’
      • ‘A storm of protest blew up after council officials released critical figures just hours before a crunch meeting.’
      • ‘The proposals for extra drinking time were met with a storm of protest from neighbours who said it would fuel late-night noise.’
      • ‘When Dylan himself decided to make the transition from folk hero to electric messiah, he found himself at the centre of a storm of protest.’
      • ‘The scheme was set for the go-ahead on Thursday but councillors decided to defer it for a site visit following a storm of objections from villagers.’
      • ‘Vancouverites wage a private war against Torontonians in a storm of jealousy and rivalry of which Toronto is completely unaware.’
      outburst, outbreak, explosion, eruption, outpouring, surge, upsurge, avalanche, torrent, flood, deluge
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  • 3stormsNorth American Storm windows.

  • 4A direct assault by troops on a fortified place.

    • ‘The third, and presumably most venturesome of all castle assaults was the storm.’
    assault, attack, onslaught, offensive, charge, raid, foray, sortie, rush, descent, incursion, thrust, push, blitz, blitzkrieg, aggression
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verb

  • 1[no object, with adverbial of direction] Move angrily or forcefully in a specified direction:

    ‘she burst into tears and stormed off’
    ‘he stormed out of the house’
    • ‘With those words he stormed off in the direction of Brad but I don't think it was to go after him.’
    • ‘Later she stormed angrily into the room and snapped at James to leave.’
    • ‘She storms over while I'm talking to the customer and say she wants to see me when I'm done.’
    • ‘Sandrine glared angrily at Alex before storming off in the opposite direction.’
    • ‘Sophie flung her scarf and coat in frustration across the hall and stormed angrily upstairs to change her soaked jeans.’
    • ‘They promptly blamed each other for driving him away, and stormed off in opposite directions in the vain hope of finding their way back to the palace.’
    • ‘Andrea stormed out, tears and sobs could be heard from outside.’
    • ‘Em's eyes brimmed with tears and she stormed out of the room.’
    • ‘I wanted to use that look on him myself; what kind of guy leaves his unstable, crying girlfriend in a party full of strangers and doesn't even follow her when she storms out in tears?’
    • ‘At last, Cora and Arlan broke away and stormed off in opposite directions.’
    • ‘The conversation deteriorated into calling each other daft names and I moved to storm out of his office with one final remark.’
    • ‘She hurled it at him forcefully before storming out of his room.’
    • ‘Celia burst into tears and stormed off into the distance.’
    • ‘She whirled around and stormed off in the direction of Mindy's house.’
    • ‘About that time, Taylor stormed into the room, tears filling her eyes.’
    • ‘He then turned on his heel and stormed off in the direction of the cucumber sandwiches.’
    • ‘Eventually Nicole got the idea and stormed off, tears rolling down her face.’
    • ‘She grabbed a cup of punch and stormed angrily over to Liam.’
    • ‘My eyes filled with tears as I stormed down the hall to my room.’
    • ‘He stormed away and angrily made the latte, spilling most of the ingredients all over his hands and the counter.’
    stride angrily, stomp, march, charge, stalk, flounce, stamp, fling
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    1. 1.1[with direct speech] Shout (something) angrily; rage:
      ‘‘Don't patronize me!’ she stormed’
      rant, rave, rant and rave, shout, bellow, roar, thunder, rage, explode
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    2. 1.2 Move forcefully and decisively to a specified position in a game or contest:
      ‘Chester stormed back with two goals in five minutes’
      • ‘Connelly was again on target to complete his hat-trick and put Forres in a winning position but Nairn stormed back with goals from Gary Farquhar and a winner from Kellacher.’
      • ‘This was a facile victory for the girls who stormed into the game from the tip-off and dominated their opponents in every sector to seal a great win.’
      • ‘This break looks like it could be decisive as he storms well clear of the rest of the pack.’
      • ‘As expected, Kimi Raikkonen stormed to the pole position for the tomorrow's German Grand Prix at Hockenheim and he has the first chance to take the win tomorrow.’
      • ‘Kendal's relay team of Mark, Peter, James and Peter stormed to first position with a time of 48.9s.’
      • ‘But Carroll's superior race craft came though on lap ten when he stormed past them both and up to ninth at one of the two race re-starts.’
      • ‘But the coaches worked on him and he stormed back in game two to draw level as Ramy, perhaps, relaxed a little.’
      • ‘World number one Lleyton Hewitt stormed past Michael Chang at the Japan Open, on what may prove to be the Chinese-American's last tournament appearance in Asia.’
      • ‘With Larry Mahon playing well at midfield, Castledermot stormed back into the game.’
      • ‘His club colleague James Callery, now operating at centre-forward, came storming into the game in the final 10 minutes.’
      • ‘The local team proved to be a class apart in claiming its sixth championship overall, storming ahead in both games to be in full control by the time the half-time whistle arrived.’
      • ‘Kiltimagh stormed back into the game in the second half and Adrian Walsh had a stormer when moved to centre-field.’
      • ‘Biarritz dominated for over an hour but came agonisingly close to throwing it away after Ulster stormed back into the game.’
      • ‘After patting his mount on the neck and pulling his ears, Culhane was a sitting duck to the enterprisingly-ridden Kahalah, who stormed past him near the finish to win by a length.’
      • ‘But Ballintubber stormed into the game and outscored their opponents by six points to one in the final minutes.’
      • ‘Lismore were playing with fierce determination, however, and they stormed back into the game.’
      • ‘It was an impressive weekend so far for Ferrari as Michael Schumacher stormed to the pole position for the tomorrow's race.’
      • ‘However they stormed into the game in the second half, scored 4-4 and confined the opposition to just two points.’
  • 2[with object] (of troops) suddenly attack and capture (a building or other place) by means of force:

    ‘commandos stormed a hijacked plane early today’
    ‘the storming of the Bastille’
    • ‘Although there was stout opposition, the king's men stormed the town and history records that they used the alleyways to reach the town centre where there was some stiff fighting.’
    • ‘When troops stormed the building, 129 hostages and 41 guerrillas were killed.’
    • ‘Some reports say shooting broke out after a bomb taped to a ceiling inside the school went off accidentally, prompting troops to storm the building.’
    • ‘When the Vistula line was stormed in January 1945, there were no fewer than 6.7 million men in the Soviet forces between the Baltic and the Adriatic.’
    • ‘Thai commandos stormed the hospital and killed all nine hostage-takers.’
    • ‘On 21 November 1739 his forces stormed the fortress of Portobello in Panama.’
    • ‘In an attempt to restore control, British troops stormed the headquarters of the movement.’
    • ‘Communist Viet Cong stormed the front gates on April 30, 1975, officially putting an end to nearly 30 years of war.’
    • ‘The beginnings of civil war would later be dated to 5 April 1264, when Henry III's army stormed Northampton.’
    • ‘It wasn't until after the plane landed and was stormed by Indian commandos that the hoax was discovered.’
    • ‘The statement from the army said troops would not storm the radio station because they did not want to spark any violence.’
    • ‘The town was bombed, and stormed by troops who were prepared to fire on anything that moved.’
    • ‘The siege finally ended the following day when troops stormed the building.’
    • ‘Hundreds of children and adults fled when commandos stormed the building.’
    • ‘About 15,000 Canadians stormed the beaches that day, with 350 losing their lives and hundreds more wounded.’
    • ‘This is an event meant to honour the Americans, British and Canadians who stormed the beaches of Normandy to liberate France and Europe from the German yoke.’
    • ‘Eight days later US special forces stormed the hospital, capturing the ‘dramatic’ events on a night vision camera.’
    • ‘With the help of military deserters, they stormed the prison and forced its surrender, massacring the commander who had fired on them early in the attack.’
    • ‘They stormed and occupied the beach, but the cost was considerable.’
    • ‘Eventually police commandos stormed the house after breaking the walls and the roof of one of the rooms.’
    attack, charge, rush, conduct an offensive on, make an onslaught on, make a foray on, make a raid on, make a sortie on, descend on, take by storm, attempt to capture
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  • 3it storms", "it is storming, etc.[no object] (of the weather) be violent, with strong winds and usually rain, thunder, lightning, or snow.

    • ‘But Lette still liked to sleep in my room sometimes, when it stormed and we lost power, or after we saw scary movies.’
    • ‘If it stormed, we would not find solace under the lonely, stunted bristle-cone pines.’
    • ‘It was storming, the rain was making horrible sounds against the window.’
    • ‘He often provided a roof over my head when it stormed or the snow was deep outside.’
    • ‘That night it stormed again and in the morning they set out through the driving rain, though the thunder and lightning had stopped.’
    • ‘It was storming that January night in Waterloo, Ontario.’
    • ‘This all seems so much more comforting on a grey monsoon day with the wind storming outside and the Mumbai streets in flood.’
    • ‘Right at this moment wind is storming, windows are rattling, tree branches are creaking, and leaves are quivering.’
    • ‘It was raining, storming really, the perfect weather (in my opinion).’
    • ‘It was storming, lightning flashed across the sky.’
    • ‘It was practically dark as we prepared to put the sign onto the posts when a strong wind stormed through bringing an icy rain and hail with it.’

Phrases

  • go down a storm

    • Be enthusiastically received by an audience:

      ‘the film went down a storm at Cannes’
      • ‘The idea seems to have gone down a storm, not only with audiences, but also with actors - who seem to have been lining up to make cameo appearances.’
      • ‘Amazingly, the film went down a storm among critics who had the chance to catch up with it, in America.’
      • ‘It went down a storm in Surrey and I hope it can do the same here.’
      • ‘The parade itself went down a storm with the thousands of excited spectators who lined the route of this years St Patrick's Day Parade in glorious sunshine in Killarney.’
      • ‘The rain held off long enough, though, for a happy afternoon which went down a storm with the performers and audience alike.’
      • ‘But as family entertainment, the whole package seemed to go down a storm with the capacity Friday night audience.’
      • ‘They went down a storm on the Saturday night and were invited back to appear in the midweek show and were flown over again.’
      • ‘The film has already gone down a storm in America, where it became one of the best-reviewed movies of the year.’
      • ‘The pool, with its inflatables and tubular chute, went down a storm, and the play park was an unexpected little treasure, discovered during our evening walk.’
      • ‘I flew out on the Sunday morning, did the gig and flew back on the Monday morning, but it went down a storm.’
  • the lull (or calm) before the storm

    • A period of unusual tranquillity or stability that seems likely to presage difficult times.

      • ‘When I turned out the light I had a sense that the day had been the calm before the storm and I was right.’
      • ‘Thanksgiving used to be the calm before the storm, the day to rest before the traditional beginning of the holiday shopping season, a day usually spent at home with family and friends.’
      • ‘Moreover, I think opponents will look back at the current period as the lull before the storm because forces are at work that should actually boost the movement's progress considerably.’
      • ‘It may look this weekend as if nothing is happening, but this is the calm before the storm.’
      • ‘We've not seen this many positive developments for months, although this week will almost certainly prove to be the calm before the storm.’
      • ‘I know that the worst is yet to come - this is merely the calm before the storm, so to speak, as January is usually the snowiest month here - so some effective indoor activity would be a good idea.’
      • ‘And yet there is that eerie feeling of the calm before the storm.’
      • ‘She's lucid, for now, but that's how it is with serious smoke inhalation - the calm before the storm.’
      • ‘The current trend might just be a calm before the storm while new powers rise up to become strong enough to eventually challenge the existing world order.’
      • ‘After spending Monday afternoon and evening in the city, I get a feeling I just experienced the calm before the storm.’
  • storm and stress

  • a storm in a teacup

    • Great outrage or excitement about a trivial matter.

      • ‘On the other hand, some of the ‘stories’ that have caused a great deal of excitement are no more than a storm in a teacup.’
      • ‘It seems a bit of a storm in a teacup to an outsider but maybe within his own professional group it was important to him.’
      • ‘Even if it did happen such incidents are commonplace on the training fields of the land, a storm in a teacup quickly sorted and set aside by practical managers.’
      • ‘I do not propose to comment on the article as the sooner this storm in a teacup is forgotten the better.’
      • ‘It wasn't corruption, but it wasn't a storm in a teacup either.’
      • ‘The row makes a storm in a teacup look gargantuan and says much about national pride, international rivalry, the need to justify hugely-expensive research establishments and even, perhaps, the egos of the experimenters.’
      • ‘The other European powers made great play of belittling US fears and giving the appearance that this was a storm in a teacup.’
      • ‘In my opinion, the whole thing is just a storm in a teacup.’
      • ‘All this furore about same-sex marriages seems a storm in a teacup to me.’
      • ‘In face of such gloating by the political right, several newspapers have insisted that the whole affair is a storm in a teacup.’
      ado, excitement, agitation, uproar, to-do, stir, commotion, confusion, disturbance, tumult, hubbub, rigmarole, folderol, brouhaha, furore, storm in a teacup, much ado about nothing
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  • take something by storm

    • 1(of troops) capture a place by a sudden and violent attack.

      • ‘Because Poole's force was not strong enough to take the town by storm, an anti-Bolshevik rising had to be organized in the town and co-ordinated with the landing.’
      • ‘Things escalate when a SWAT team follow the police onto the scene and the macho head officer threatens to take the place by storm.’
      • ‘Saladin's brother, al-Adil, took the city by storm and sold the entire population into slavery.’
      attack, charge, rush, conduct an offensive on, make an onslaught on, make a foray on, make a raid on, make a sortie on, descend on, take by storm, attempt to capture
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      1. 1.1Have great and rapid success in a particular place or with a particular group of people:
        ‘his first collection took the fashion world by storm’
        • ‘With his strong voice, he impressed the jurors, took the audience by storm and grabbed the title.’
        • ‘It was a vast book of a sprawling nation, and it took the world by storm.’
        • ‘Fifty years ago, rock 'n' roll took the music world by storm.’
        • ‘And, just as sushi has been welcomed into the belly of the West (the recipe for the popular California Roll was invented in the States), Japan has recently opened its arms to a new fusion trend taking the country by storm.’
        • ‘In theatrical terms, it took the world by storm.’
        • ‘In 1937, they took the racetrack by storm, winning everywhere and lifting a quickly obsessed nation out of its doldrums.’
        • ‘In the early nineties a small band of flannelette wearing buddies from Seattle took the world by storm.’
        • ‘Just as Gregorian chants took the charts by storm in the 1990s, the producer of a new CD of Gaelic psalm singing is hoping to touch the public's heart.’
        • ‘They took the world by storm, and you just could not believe you were so near to them when they were running on to the stage.’
        • ‘Today she is taking the music business by storm.’
  • —— up a storm

    • Perform the specified action with great enthusiasm and energy:

      ‘the band could really play up a storm’
      • ‘Susan, despite her initial reservations, danced up a storm.’
      • ‘Marshall didn't speak a word of Spanish before he arrived in Cuba; now he's talking up a storm.’
      • ‘The whole time, I was sweating up a storm, thinking that he'd still frisk me and find the stash in my jeans pocket.’
      • ‘I'm cooking up a storm - but besides preparing all the food, I need to eat something, too.’
      • ‘The condition, known to consume women in the late stages of pregnancy, compels heavily pregnant women to cook and clean up a storm.’
      • ‘Mitch and I are travelling a lot now and we are both writing up a storm.’
      • ‘A couple at the table behind us was smoking up a storm and it kept drifting over me.’
      • ‘This is a very chatty track with all participants yammering up a storm.’
      • ‘I went to my friends who were sitting at our table chatting up a storm.’
      • ‘Anyways, he saw how distressed I was and came over to comfort me because I was crying up a storm.’

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch storm and German Sturm, probably also to the verb stir. The verb dates from late Middle English in storm.

Pronunciation

storm

/stɔːm/