storm

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noun
1 period of bad weather
ADJECTIVE
bad, big, devastating, ferocious, fierce, great, heavy, killer (informal, esp. AmE), major, monster (AmE, informal), raging, severe, terrible, tremendous, violent
perfect (figurative, esp. AmE)

The company was hit by a perfect storm of negative conditions that converged on it.

approaching, gathering, impending

the dark clouds of an approaching storm

freak
summer, winter, etc.
tropical
monsoon
electric, electrical, lightning, thunder (usually thunderstorm)
hail, rain, snow, wind (usually hailstorm, etc.)
ice (esp. AmE)
dust, sand (usually sandstorm)
magnetic, solar
VERB + STORM
be in for

I think we're in for a storm (= going to have one).

brave

She had to brave an ice storm to get to the interview.

shelter from, wait out (esp. AmE)

We tried to find a safe place to wait out the storm.

track (esp. AmE)

We'll be tracking the storm as it makes its way across the Gulf.

STORM + VERB
hit (sth), strike (sth)

It was the worst storm to hit Sri Lanka this century.

Where were you when the storm struck?

rage

The storm raged all night.

be approaching, be brewing, be coming

A storm had been brewing all day.

blow up (esp. BrE), break

The storm broke while we were on the mountain.

blow in, move in

A storm blew in off the ocean.

move across, over, etc. sth, sweep across, over, etc. sth

A major winter storm is moving across the country today.

batter sth, lash sth, ravage sth, sweep sth

a boat battered by the storm

Winter storms swept the coasts.

abate, blow itself out, blow over, clear, clear up, pass, subside

The storm blew over after a couple of hours.

last

The storm lasted for three days.

STORM + NOUN
cloud (often figurative)

In 1939 the storm clouds gathered over Europe.

surge (esp. AmE), water

We're forecasting 14 to 16 feet of storm surge.

damage

Insurance companies face hefty payouts for storm damage.

warning

a tropical storm warning

door (AmE), drain, window (AmE)
PREPOSITION
during a/the storm, in a/the storm
PHRASES
at the height of the storm
bear the brunt of the storm, take the brunt of the storm

The east coast of Florida bore the brunt of the storm.

seek shelter from the storm (often figurative), take shelter from the storm

I took shelter from the storm in the clubhouse.

the calm before the storm (figurative)
the eye of the storm (often figurative)
2 violent display of strong feeling
ADJECTIVE
approaching, coming, gathering

a gathering storm of discontent

media, political
fire (usually firestorm) (figurative, esp. AmE)

His comments brought down a firestorm of criticism.

VERB + STORM
arouse, cause, create, provoke (esp. BrE), raise, spark (esp. BrE), unleash
face
ride out, survive, weather

The government is determined to ride out the political storm caused by its new immigration policy.

STORM + VERB
blow up, break, erupt (all esp. BrE)

A storm blew up between Britain and the US over Venezuela.

blow over, pass

The [political storm had blown over at last.

PREPOSITION
amid a/the storm (esp. BrE)

The band toured Ireland amid a storm of controversy.

storm between
storm of

His comments created a storm of protest in the media.

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verb
Storm is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑demonstrator, ↑troops
Storm is used with these nouns as the object: ↑barricade, ↑castle, ↑embassy, ↑parliament

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

Synonyms:
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