Look out below! An avalanche is a whole lot of falling snow and ice. Also, life can feel like an avalanche when things get hectic.

Avalanche may be a fun word, but it's not a fun thing. If you were in a real, literal avalanche, then a huge amount of snow, ice, rocks, and mud would be falling off a mountain — potentially on to you. People get killed in avalanches. On the other hand, if every teacher in school gives you homework on the same night, that is "an avalanche of schoolwork." You'll survive it, but it's not much fun at the time.

Definitions of avalanche

n a slide of large masses of snow and ice and mud down a mountain

an avalanche of volcanic water and mud down the slopes of a volcano
Type of:
(geology) the descent of a large mass of earth or rocks or snow etc.

n a sudden appearance of an overwhelming number of things

“the program brought an avalanche of mail”
Type of:
happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
an event that happens

v gather into a huge mass and roll down a mountain, of snow

roll down
Type of:
come down, descend, fall, go down
move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

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