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deluge (someone or something) with (something)

1. Literally, to flood with water or another liquid or substance. The heavy rains brought by the hurricane deluged our basement with water. The contained deluged me with glitter when I opened it upside down.
2. By extension, to overwhelm or overpower someone or something with something. Many of my students are now applying to college and have deluged me with requests for recommendations.
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après moi le deluge

Problems will happen in the future. This French phrase literally means, "After me, the deluge." Attributed to both King Louis XVI and his mistress Madame de Pompadour, the phrase likely refers to (and foreshadows) the difficulties that would befall France after years of the aristocracy's lavish living. A: "Well, après moi le deluge." B: "Do you really have no regard for the trouble you're causing?
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deluge someone or something with something

 
1. Lit. to flood someone or something with water or something similar. The swollen river broke the dam and deluged the town with billions of gallons of water.
2. Fig. to overwhelm someone or something with something; to "flood" someone or something with something. The reporters deluged us with questions.
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après moi le deluge

A disaster will follow. The French phrase, translated as “After me the deluge,” has been attributed to King Louis XVI or to his mistress, Madame de Pompadour. He or she was referring to the centuries of excessive living enjoyed by the aristocracy and paid for by the rest of France and what would happen as a result when His Majesty (or Madame) went to their heavenly rest. Whether the king or his main squeeze was predicting a cataclysm or simply indicating that he or she didn't care what came after them isn't clear. Nevertheless, whoever spoke the words was a prophet in his or her time: fourteen years after Louis's death came the revolution that swept away the old order, including Louis's son. No one could have been ideologically further from the Bourbon monarchy than Karl Marx, who repeated the phrase in his Das Kapital: “Après moi le déluge! is the watchword of every capitalist and of every capitalist nation. Hence capital is reckless of the health or length of life of the labourer, unless under compulsion from society.” The phrase is the very appropriate motto of Britain's Royal Air Force 617 Squadron, nicknamed “the Dam Busters” for its sorties against German dams during World War II.
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