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  • A spate of loud but indistinct shouting drew us all out onto the balcony.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Madam Pomfrey, the nurse, was kept busy by a sudden spate of colds among the staff and students.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • (A spate of drownings by refugee children in Clarkston had prompted many of the landlords to drain their pools—hiring lifeguards was just too expensive.) The boys had a television, but no cable.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • She tells me about meeting August—she was seventeen, and it had just dawned on her that the recent spate of bachelors joining her family for dinner were actually being presented as potential husbands.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants

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  • I managed to make out the road by means of occasional ruins of its villas and fences and lamps, and so presently I got out of this spate and made my way to the hill going up towards Roehampton and came out on Putney Common.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • A few seedy giants of the Strong Arm, who had been captured by the Orkney faction, turned up and said their homage, but the Lancelot contingent was a spate.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Rills of water began to run down; soon they grew to a spate that splashed and fumed on the stones, and spouted out over the cliff like the gutters of a vast roof.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • The others moved to fill his place—Iblis demons weren’t very bright—and Magnus hurled another spate of fiery spears.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Langdon chuckled, recalling how Solomon, ten years ago, had correctly predicted the current spate of television specials predicting that the year 2012 would mark the End of the World.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • In the meanwhile, I had found out that a spate of kissing lasts only just so long.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree

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  • In this steady rain the springs of the mountain were broken up; every glen gushed water like a cistern; every stream was in high spate, and had filled and overflowed its channel.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • When he waked, the talk, still in spate, was more within his comprehension.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • A month later the vase was left for safety in a farmhouse, and Lieutenant Tallis waded across a river in spate to retrieve it, returning the same way at midnight to join his unit.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • A spate of digging in the moonlight, and into the cabbage patch he goes, with Rachel in a becoming shawl and clutching a dark lantern, and swearing she will be eternally his, after what he’s dared for her sake.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • The spate of successful guerrilla attacks against the South African police forces inNamibia by the South-West African People’s Organization (SWAPO)—an ally of the ANC—had also unnerved them.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • He had seen the Crawling Backwards Days and his gratitude to Mammachi and her family for all that they had done for him was as wide and deep as a river in spate.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • She did not wish this spate of business and self-advertisement checked.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • A spate of dizziness caused Roran to lean over and prop himself against the block of stone.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • Then, for a variety of reasons, there came a spate of deaths, promotions, resignations, retirements.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • SisterJen wrote, and that was followed by a spate of disparaging remarks about Wasp’s mental abilities.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • The dark circles under her eyes were gradually fading, and she’d picked up some color during the recent spate of good weather.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • He downplayed its significance, joking about "battlefield promotions" and the recent spate of advancements, but he nevertheless looked pleased.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • I later discovered, from potsherds and other relics I found—including a human skeleton uncovered by a spate of rain—that our land was inhabited in the distant past.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • They tried to pick lulls in the spate of animals but Bill’s party was caught on the bluff above, where it had been cutting wood and throwing it down past the cave.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • North of the compound, the brook was in full spate, choked with leaves and bits of wood, but the scouts had found where the ford lay and the column was able to splash across.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • "It’s, kof, the pie, noth—kof, pie." joff took another drink, or tried to, but all the wine came spewing back out when another spate of coughing doubled him over.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • He tomahawked the pitch and the ball had topspin and dipped into the lower deck and there is Pafko at the 315 sign looking straight up with his right arm braced at the wall and a spate of paper coming down.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • People swarming in, cities doubling and trebling in numbers of inhabitants, while the fiscal guardians groan over the increasing weight of improvements and the need to care for a large new spate of indigents.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Never wholeheartedly devoted to the task of writing his autobiography, he now abandoned the project altogether and launched into a lengthy—some thought interminable—spate of letters to the Boston Patriot, his last passionate exercise in self-justification.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Multitudinous, carrying attaché-cases, dodging with incredible celerity in and out, they went past like a river in spate.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • A sudden spate in the Gugger River swept down one horse (the most valuable, be sure), and nearly drowned Kim among the dancing boulders.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • She was as wide and deep as a river in spate.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
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