flood collocations and examples

 UK /flʌd/

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a lot of water covering a previously dry area

Adjectives frequently used with flood
bad: bad, great, heavy, huge, major, serious, severeIn 1882 the flood was especially severe and one man drowned.very bad: catastrophic, devastating, disastrous, massive, terribleDevastating floods in the rainy season washed away most of the year’s rice harvest.sudden: flash, suddenBe wary of flash floods in mountain ranges where streams can suddenly turn into 5m of water with almost no warning.
Verbs frequently used with flood
cause a flood: bring, cause, lead to, result in, trigger, unleashFloods triggered by torrential rain have killed at least 24 people.survive a flood: survive, withstandThe bridge has stubbornly survived floods which have demolished other structures.experience a flood: be devastated by, be hit by, be ravaged by, experience, sufferParts of the Czech Republic have been devastated by floods.
Verbs that frequently follow flood
get less: recede, subsideWhen the flood subsides, the Nile Valley is thoroughly fertilised and crops may be grown there.happen: come, riseFloods were rising in the Dortmund area.

Usage note

When a river has a lot more water than usual in it, you can say it is in flood: The river was in flood and things were starting to look dangerous.

take someone or something away: sweep someone/something away, wash someone/something awaySmallwood Bridge was swept away by a flood.

a large number of people or things that arrive at the same time

Adjectives frequently used with flood
great, unprecedented, veritableOver the last twenty years a veritable flood of reports on racism against black and ethnic staff has been published.
Verbs frequently used with flood
cause a flood of things or people: bring, cause, prompt, provoke, trigger, unleashScenes of sex and violence prompted a flood of complaints to the BBC.stop a flood of people or things: prevent, stem, stopLaw enforcement agencies are struggling to stem the flood of illegal narcotics coming into the United States.
Nouns frequently used after flood of
people: applicants, newcomers, recruits, touristsThe flood of newcomers brought prosperity, and the city flourished.letters or messages: applications, calls, claims, complaints, emails, letters, requests, spamHis article provoked a flood of emails.products: importsIndian coffee prices have collapsed under pressure from a flood of cheap imports.memories: memoriesYour message brought back a flood of memories which I thought were long suppressed!
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