flood out(redirected from flood someone or something out)
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1. Of a gas or liquid, to move out (of something) very quickly and in great quantities. I pulled out the stopper in the drain, causing water to flood out. All the warm air in the car flooded out through the open window.
2. Of people, to move out (of some place or thing) very quickly and in large numbers. As soon as the dismissal bell rang, kids began flooding out into the schoolyard. Employees flooded out of the building at the sound of the fire alarm.
3. To cause someone or something to leave or flee some place or thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "flood" and "out." We must not have picked a great place to set up our tent, because the high tide flooded us out. The dam burst, flooding out several thousand people from their homes.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.