1(Of a river) be swollen and overflowing its banks.
- The agency's regional flood defence committee backed the scheme to provide a dedicated outfall from the Riccall Ings washlands which can hold nearly two billion gallons of water when the river is in flood.
- In the 12 th century Queen Matilda came riding from London to Barking Forest for a spot of hunting only to get a soaking because the river was in flood, and so she ordered a bridge to be built instead.
- The search was launched but it became immediately apparent that conditions were very dangerous as the river was in flood and the water visibility was down to just six inches.
1.1 (be in full flood) Be progressing or talking vigorously or enthusiastically: discussion was already in full flood and refused to be dammed
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- He was in full flood when the chairman of the committee stopped him with the words, "You are not a member of this committee, John. You are not entitled to speak!"
- At which point certain members of the audience could restrain themselves no longer and began to heckle and then question these assertions whilst he was in full flood.
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