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  • n. Plural form of overflowing.


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  • In an address to the Assembly, Reed regained his composure, describing the episode “as the casual overflowings of liberty.”

    Robert Morris

  • Morton degradation — I was happy, because I saw happiness around me; and woe betide the wretched jealousy that can extract guilt out of the overflowings of an unguarded gaiety! —

    The Abbot

  • Or else it looked as if it had gradually decomposed into that nightmare condition, out of the overflowings of the polluted stream.

    David Copperfield

  • At this period our acquaintance with it commenced; the paint was all worn off; the windows were broken, the area was green with neglect and the overflowings of the water – butt; the butt itself was without a lid, and the street – door was the very picture of misery.

    Sketches by Boz

  • The one spoken of by Berosus happened (as he tells us) in Chaldæa, about four thousand three, or four hundred years before the Christian era, and Asia was as much inundated with fables about this deluge as it was by the overflowings of the Tigris and Euphrates, and all the rivers that fall into the Euxine.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • It is true that such overflowings cannot cover the country with more than a few feet of water, but the consequent sterility, the washing away of houses, and the destruction of cattle are losses which it requires nearly a century to repair.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • One-half of America is still inundated by the ancient overflowings of the Maranon, Rio de la Plata, the St. Lawrence, the

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Forgive these impertinencies: a grateful heart, that wants the power it wishes for, to express itself suitably to its own impulses, will be at a loss what properly to dictate to the tongue; and yet, unable to restrain its overflowings, will force the tongue to say weak and silly things, rather than appear ungratefully silent.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • If we have not real unhappiness, we can make it, even from the overflowings of our good fortune.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • The heart of Darton was subject to sudden overflowings.

    Wessex Tales


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