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Definition an embankment (wall or slope) that is built to prevent a river from overflowing
  • Residents are working to fortify levees in expectation of heavy flooding tomorrow.
levees = an embankment (wall or slope) that is built to prevent a river from overflowing
  • In about 100 years, the city will need higher levees because of global warming.
  • Each new levee increases the need for levees elsewhere on the river.
  • Cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good. When the levee breaks, mama you got to move.
    Led Zeppelin
  • The people said when the levee first broke ... they could hear that water coming for miles.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • levee = an embankment (wall or slope) that is built to prevent a river from overflowing
  • The levees were meant to hold back fourteen feet of water, and the storm surges in the Gulf were already nineteen, twenty feet high.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • levees = an embankment (wall or slope) that is built to prevent a river from overflowing
  • Then he held a public levee in the parlours of the Iroquois until eight o'clock.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • And the little levee of earth extended until it connected with the highway embankment on either end.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Like water through a breaking levee, the memories flooded his mind.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • Salt ponds occur naturally in the San Francisco Bay, and are also man-made and controlled by levees in order to make commercial salt.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore's Dilemma
  • To control the water depth on our land, I built a low levee across the area.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • People in the crowd collapse like levees in a flood.
    Marie Lu  --  Legend
  • The words rushed from his heart, incoherent, unashamed, foaming through the broken levees of pride and silence.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • They thought I was one of them who got drowned when the levee broke, but I done broke the chain and gone.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Why, Lord Steyne cut me at the levee last year; they are beginning to find out that Pitt Crawley is some one at last.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The levee was drawing to a close.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • They saw each other socially at dinners and presidential levees, and on more than one occasion, Jefferson rode out to Richmond Hill.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • But Oswald is pleased with the purchase and gets in the habit of riding the bus to a dry riverbed for target practice against the levee.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • Far up the street the levee seemed to have broken.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • They was setting in the wagon at the end of the levee when I caught up with them.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying

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