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Definition a powerful whirlpool; or any wildly turbulent situation
  • Her comment placed her in the center of a maelstrom of criticism.
maelstrom = a powerful whirlpool; or any wildly turbulent situation
  • must be careful when navigating past the maelstrom
  • whirling round the maelstrom in my mind
  • A hovercar passed overhead, blowing a maelstrom of dust and loose wood chips into her eyes.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • maelstrom = a powerful whirlpool
  • Empty and closed like my sister, genetically locked in a maelstrom of meaningless apologies.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • maelstrom = powerful whirlpool
  • Submerged in the maelstrom, he knew neither who nor where he was.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • And as the pattern is erased, each particle discharges its portion of energy, turning the entire body into a shuddering maelstrom of dissociation.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Light, blinding, heat churning, and the wind that whirled it all into a maelstrom.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Now as he rounded the corner and left their sight, the camerlegno felt a maelstrom of emotions like nothing he thought possible in human experience.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • These people were in shelters asleep instead of in these homes, which were now being crushed under a maelstrom of flying concrete and rebar.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Soon they were in the eye of a maelstrom.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Thirteen mushroom clouds formed, rising ever higher toward the churning maelstrom above.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • The maelstrom above gathered mass and energy, assuming enormous proportions until it seemed a colossus, capable of swallowing the world.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • Got it. screamed BB, and suddenly there was a sound louder and larger than the maelstrom of noise surrounding and consuming us.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The hunger for voyages, the hunger that haunts Americans, who are a nomad race, was halfassuaged here in this maelstrom of the war.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • She'd been unlucky enough to stop in that morning en route from the beach house, walking right into this maelstrom.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • By the time his vision had settled, the dwarf had disappeared into a maelstrom of churning muck.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Suddenly the Ichthyosaurus and the Plesiosaurus disappeared beneath the waves, leaving behind them a maelstrom in the midst of the sea.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Dust and dirt poured out of the mine, and Lou coughed and gagged in this maelstrom.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • She was brash and buoyant, bobbing like a brightly colored cork in the maelstrom, unsinkable and unafraid.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon

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