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Definition of 'spate'


  1. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent; "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "it must have cost plenty"
       Synonyms: batch deal flock good deal great deal hatful heap lot mass mess mickle mint muckle peck pile plenty pot quite a little raft sight slew stack tidy sum wad whole lot whole slew
  2. a sudden forceful flow
       Synonyms: rush surge upsurge
  3. the occurrence of a water flow resulting from sudden rain or melting snow
       Synonyms: freshet

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