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1‘a thick soggy mass of fallen leaves’
pile, heap, stack, clump, cloud, bunch, bundle, lump
concentration, conglomeration, accumulation, aggregation, concretion, accretion, assemblage, collection, stockpile, build-up
2‘a mass of cyclists’
large number, abundance, profusion, multitude, group, crowd, mob, rabble, horde, barrage, throng, huddle, host, troop, army, herd, flock, drove, swarm, pack, press, crush, mountain, flood
3‘the mass of people voted against’
majority, larger number, larger part, greater number, greater part, best part, better part, major part, most, bulk, main body, preponderance, almost all, lion's share
the common people, the populace, the public, the people, the multitude, the rank and file, the crowd, the commonalty, the commonality, the third estate, the plebeians
derogatory the hoi polloi, the mob, the proletariat, the common herd, the rabble, the riff-raff, the canaille, the great unwashed, the proles, the plebs
5‘one tenth of the mass of the star’
weight, size, magnitude, bulk, dimensions, capacity, density, extent, scope, greatness, bigness, hugeness, amount, matter
wholesale, universal, widespread, general, large-scale, extensive, pandemic
1‘both countries began massing troops in the region’
accumulate, assemble, amass, collect, gather, gather together, draw together, join together
marshal, muster, round up, mobilize, rally
Eucharist, Holy Communion, Communion, the Lord's Supper
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