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deluge (someone or something) with (something)

1. Literally, to flood with water or a similar substance. The heavy rains brought by the hurricane deluged our basement with water.
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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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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Then came the rain, a deluge, a straight, horizontal sheet that poured along like a river, defying gravitation.
Another set pretended that out of one thousand new moons that had been observed, nine hundred and fifty had been attended with remarkable disturbances, such as cataclysms, revolutions, earthquakes, the deluge, etc.
The thunder was rolling into distance, and the rain was pouring down like a deluge, when the door of his room opened.
Moreover, Perodua vehicle owners will get a discount of 20% for selected genuine parts, comprising all electronic items, carpet, vehicle seats, door trims and engine overhaul gasket, to repair their cars dented by the deluges.
Further deluges are expected this week, allied with gusty winds.
The fresh deluges came on top of Wednesday's rain, which caused flooding in Ayrshire.
ISLAMABAD, September 02, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Ongoing flood devastations in Sindh province is underway as tehsil Khairpur Nathan Shah is being seen on rapid evacuation as fast roaring deluges are heading to wreak anticipated havoc in the area.
Now, scientists analyzing signs of erosion in the area have estimated the size of some of those powerful deluges.
Low- and moderate-income homeowners who want to prepare their homes for predicted El Nino deluges may get a helping hand from the city.