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flood (fig. uses are fairly numerous)
1. freq. used of large bodies of water, rivers, the sea ( Mer.V. IV. i. 72 “the main ” ), also for water as opposed to land ( MND. II. i. 5 “Through , through fire,” Oth. I. iii. 135 “by and field” ); hence, of streams of tears and blood.
2. flowing in of the tide Gent. II. iii. 48 “in losing the [thou'lt] lose thy voyage,” John V. vii. 64 “Devoured by the unexpected ,” Cæs. IV. iii. 218 “a tide . . . taken at the flood.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, 2.3
    • William Shakespeare, King John, 5.7
    • William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 4.1
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2.1
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