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1Making or uttering a loud, deep, or harsh prolonged sound.‘he was greeted everywhere with roaring crowds’‘a swollen, roaring river’
- ‘Chastity pulled her hand away quickly, as if the book was a roaring lion.’
- ‘With the roaring crowd approving of the result, the owner eagerly signs the band to a regular gig.’
- ‘One of the most inspiring troupes of the event was the group, who performed before a roaring crowd at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park.’
- ‘The colors of the jerseys, contrasting with the sheen of the ice and the roaring crowd, is striking and brilliant.’
- ‘In his film pieces, he often made use of commercial production techniques or isolated bits of Hollywood films, as when he created a continuous loop of the roaring MGM lion.’
- 1.1(of a fire) burning fiercely and noisily.
blazing, burning, red-hotView synonyms
- ‘Tis the season to be jolly - to sip hot chocolate and open presents in front of a roaring fire.’
- ‘Almost everyone loves to cozy up to a roaring fire.’
- ‘They have this glorious bar with a great big roaring log fire on.’
- ‘Similar to those old loops local TV stations used to run when they went off the air for the holidays, you too can have your very own roaring holiday fire to impress your family and friends.’
- ‘She liked it best, of course, on those rainy days when we were caught in front of a roaring fireplace.’
- ‘A roaring fire inspires lovers and poets, but it's a costly indulgence.’
- ‘There was a long deep red couch that sat right across the roaring fire.’
- 1.2(of a period of time) characterized by optimism, buoyancy, or excitement.‘the roaring twenties’
- ‘From the roaring 20's to the beaches of Normandy, it has always had a certain panache.’
- ‘We see destitute postwar Germany in the roaring 1920s.’
- ‘The cruise ships reached their heyday during the roaring '20s, and then slowly began declining.’
- 1.3(of business) lively; brisk.‘cafes that do a roaring trade’
- ‘They are the fuel that runs the travel business, fulfilling the needs of the millions who annually travel outside Canada and, at the same time, do a roaring business.’
- ‘Merchants of washing machines, air-conditioners and satellite dishes are doing a roaring trade.’
- ‘The Sotheby's sale got off to a roaring start when 127 of its first 129 lots found buyers.’
- ‘Compared to the roaring economy of the mid to late 1990s, and even 2000 to some extent, 2001 has been locked in a funk from the day it started.’
- ‘The pubs did a roaring trade and the pavements were packed.’
- ‘The film about Cole Porter is sure to do a roaring $9.3 million at the domestic box office.’
- ‘Bradford's post offices are doing a roaring trade in dog licences.’
- ‘The church hall was a hive of activity with stalls doing a roaring trade.’
- 1.4archaic Behaving or living in a noisy riotous manner.
2informal Obviously or unequivocally the thing mentioned (used for emphasis)‘the final week of Hamlet was a roaring success’[as submodifier] ‘two roaring drunk firemen’
enormous, huge, massive, tremendous, terrificView synonyms
- ‘By that low standard, the current Secretary of Agriculture is a roaring success.’
- ‘Despite the few shortcomings mentioned here and the roaring omission, this new disc from Universal was certainly worth the wait.’
- ‘Listening done, Ky walked to a slightly less poisonous tavern and got herself roaring drunk.’
- ‘The five-flavor introduction three years ago was a roaring success, he reports.’
- ‘The promoter is confident the Pennington's bill will be a roaring success.’
- ‘To show us that success is ‘hollow,’ we see hollow Patrick a roaring success at 27, a vice president at a major Wall Street firm with a six-figure salary.’
- ‘He had started her big, and public reaction had made her a roaring success.’
- ‘The lord's son and his friends got roaring drunk and rode into town.’
- ‘Based on these criteria, I must judge my experience as a panelist for the film festival group's annual list of notable Canadian films a roaring success.’
- ‘From a Protestant fundamentalist point of view the church has become a roaring success.’
- ‘Last year, his CD became a roaring success and saw the sagging career of another superstar being revived.’
- ‘The character of Dash is clearly intended to give young boys an entry point into the film and he is a roaring success, with older sister Violet filling the same part for the female crowd.’
- ‘It was a barnstorming production, a high-octane, rip roaring success.’
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