A spate of House retirements in the South is casting a pall over Dems' 2010 chances.
Reality seems to blur as you experience a spate of synchronic, even mystical moments.
Despite a spate of recent mass shootings, the little-known DIY gun movement perseveres.
The big money groups backing the Tea Party were falling apart in a spate of post-election season squabbling.
His reward: A spate of headlines saying “Romney Loses His Cool,” including one in The Daily Beast.
He dropped his hold on Lelas and stood looking across at Yanni a minute, while new life ran in spate through his veins.
I nodded, still marvelling over this spate of speech at table.
He sprang down into the road, shouting what sounded like a spate of curses in the patois.
"Hazr, it is a spate from the hills," he said between quick breaths.
So off he set, wi' the rain teeming down all the time, and the beck getting higher and higher wi' the spate.
early 15c., originally Scottish and northern English, "a sudden flood, especially one caused by heavy rains or a snowmelt," of unknown origin. Perhaps from Old French espoit "flood," from Dutch spuiten "to flow, spout;" related to spout. Figurative sense of "unusual quantity" is attested from 1610s.