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flood in

 (to something)
1. Lit. [for a fluid] to flow quickly into something in great volume. The water flooded in and soaked the carpets.
2. Fig. [for large amounts or numbers or people or things] to pour or rush into something. The people flooded into the hall. We opened the door, and the dogs and cats flooded in.
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flood out

 (of something)
1. Lit. [for water or something that flows] to rush out of something. The water flooded out of the break in the dam.
2. Fig. [for people] to rush out of something or some place. The people flooded out of the theater, totally disgusted with the performance.
See also: flood, out

flood someone or something out of something

 and flood someone or something out
[for too much water] to force someone or something to leave something or some place. The high waters flooded them out of their home. The high waters flooded out a lot of people.
See also: flood, of, out

flood someone or something with something

to cover or inundate someone or something with something. We flooded them with praise and carried them on our shoulders. The rains flooded the fields with standing water.
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in full flow


in full flood

1. If an activity, or the person who is performing the activity, is in full flow or in full flood, the activity has started and is being done with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. When she's in full flow, she often works right through the night. To hear the drum and bass of the Barrett brothers in full flow is a real treat for long-time fans. A campaign of public accusation is now in full flood. Note: You can also say that someone or something is in full spate. With family life in full spate, there were nevertheless some times of quiet domesticity.
2. If someone is in full flow or in full flood, they are talking quickly and for a long time. A male voice was in full flow in the lounge. Vicki was in full flood on the subject of her last boyfriend, a fellow lawyer she'd met at a charity ball.
See also: flow, full

be in full flood

1 (of a river) be swollen and overflowing its banks. 2 have gained momentum; be at the height of activity.
2 1991 Journal of Theological Studies There is too much detail for comfort…which is somewhat confusing when exposition is in full flood.
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in full flow

1 talking fluently and easily and showing no sign of stopping. 2 performing vigorously and enthusiastically.
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ˌflood the ˈmarket

offer for sale large quantities of a product, often at a low price: Importers flooded the market with cheap toys just before Christmas.
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be in ˈfloods (of ˈtears)

(informal) be crying a lot: She was in floods of tears after a row with her family.
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flood out

To force something out or away from some place due to a current or influx of water: The torrential rains flooded out most of the coastal residents. High tides regularly flood the smaller animals and insects out of spaces between the rocks. We were flooded out by the broken water line.
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A breakdown of the flooded properties by the Environment Agency revealed 52% were affected by a main river, 12% by surface water and 36% by flooding from ordinary watercourses.
There was one silver lining to the dark clouds that dropped so much rain: Only a small percentage of the region's trees were flooded or blew over.
George Chacon, 60, of Van Nuys was picking up sandbags at Station 88 because he has a garage full of ``valuable junk'' that was getting flooded with water from an alley.
2 -- 3) Children, above, play on flooded Avenue L-2 in Palmdale as fire crews, also below, prepare sandbags against flooding.
Miles' task was made even more difficult by a car stuck in the center of the flooded road.
Firefighters and police warned residents to stay clear of flooded roads and raging storm channels.
Do not drive or walk through flooded areas, and stay away from
Even with the widespread use of the flood safety education video, ``No Way Out,'' which features the cautionary tale of Adam Bischoff's death, children still manage to get swept away, and motorists, who are unwary of the dangers posed by flooded streets and low water crossings, end up getting stranded in quickly rising floodwaters.
Over the lifetime of a 30-year mortgage, there is a 26-percent chance of being flooded by a 100-year flood," the Task Force Report states.
While Metrolink fights the lawsuit by Gary and Debbie Moss, whose home was flooded in February, officials hired Elmore Pipe Jacking of Lake View Terrace to build a $135,000 culvert in the area.
The Czech Army will build more than 50 new bridges in less than two months after the flooded Czech rivers subsided.
The message went out as the city of Fontana recovered from a winter-style storm Sunday that dumped as much as 3 inches of rain in a half-hour and flooded as many as 50 homes and businesses.
For the first time, real estate owners will have access to information that helps them more accurately assess the likelihood of their properties being flooded, thanks to NationWide Flood Research, Inc.
Without proper drainage, runoff has typically flooded Sand Canyon Road and caused some access problems, Heidt said.