• noun: an occurrence of bad weather in which there is a lot of rain, snow, etc., and often strong winds
  • noun: a disturbance of the atmosphere marked by wind and usually by rain, snow, hail, sleet, or thunder and lightning
  • verb: to attack (something) suddenly with a lot of force or with a large number of people
  • verb: to blow with violence
  • usually singular
  • synonyms: violence, calamity, tempest


  • His racial comments 'kicked/whipped/stirred up a storm' in the newspapers. [=newspapers criticized his racial comments very strongly]

  • The college was quiet that morning, but it was 'the calm before the storm'. Thousands of students would arrive later.

  • Newspapers have 'weathered the storm' of online information by providing news online themselves.

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