barrage

A barrage is something that comes quickly and heavily — as an attack of bullets or artillery, or a fast spray of words.

Sometimes in movies or news footage, the audience gets a glimpse from behind a mounted weapon and sees a heavy rain of bombs or bullets — called a barrage — going toward a target, sending as much POW! as possible to hit a wide area. Words become a barrage when spoken or written in uncontrollable anger or with overflowing emotion: "Her human-rights speech was a barrage of passion. It was hard to keep up with, but we felt the intensity of her cause."

Definitions of barrage
  1. noun
    the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target
    “they laid down a barrage in front of the advancing troops”
    synonyms: barrage fire, battery, bombardment, shelling
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    type of:
    fire, firing
    the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy
  2. noun
    the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written)
    “a barrage of questions”
    synonyms: bombardment, onslaught, outpouring
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    type of:
    language, linguistic communication
    a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols
  3. noun
    an overwhelming number or amount
    synonyms: deluge, flood, flurry, inundation, torrent
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    type of:
    batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad
    (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
  4. verb
    address with continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage
    “The speaker was barraged by an angry audience”
    synonyms: bombard
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    type of:
    assail, assault, attack, lash out, round, snipe
    attack in speech or writing
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