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1[usually in singular] A large number of similar things or events appearing or occurring in quick succession.‘a spate of attacks on travelers’
series, succession, run, cluster, string, outbreak, rash, epidemic, explosion, plague, wave, flurry, rush, flood, deluge, torrent, outpouringView synonyms
- ‘As you all know, Mason Enterprises has been going through a spate of rough times as of late.’
- ‘Of the sudden spate of mother-daughter movies only one contains any real surprises’
- ‘With greed left to take its course, a spate of scandals has erupted among foundations and charities.’
- ‘This autumn has seen a spate of high-profile full stops, marked by greatest-hits collections and line-up changes.’
- ‘Technology stocks took a fresh battering after a spate of US profit warnings spread gloom across world financial markets.’
- ‘The proposal follows a spate of food thefts from fridges around the College.’
- ‘A spate of related movements tried to emulate his success.’
- ‘It sparked a spate of letters - so many that we've started a discussion group’
- ‘Emily the Labrador disappeared in London just hours after Britain learned of a spate of dog thefts up and down the country.’
- ‘The early twentieth century witnessed a spate of father-to-father advice books and a growing body of essays and articles written by and for fathers in popular magazines.’
- ‘A spate of viruses could force carriers to beef up their customer support staffs, which would drive up prices for all users.’
- ‘That night saw one of the most ferocious spates of rioting in living memory.’
- ‘After a spate of attacks in March and April this year, bookmakers have become increasingly successful in fending off attacks.’
- ‘There's been a recent spate of intimidating text message cases brought up in court.’
2British A sudden flood in a river, especially one caused by heavy rains or melting snow.
- ‘As the river rapidly went into full spate, the ice blue turned chocolate brown and became unfishable.’
Late Middle English (originally Scots and northern English in the sense flood, inundation): of unknown origin.
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