With a spate of layoffs kicking in, worrying about your 401(k) starts to look like a high-class problem.
The current spate of Holocaust films are not funny, and are not meant to be.
Reality seems to blur as you experience a spate of synchronic, even mystical moments.
The big money groups backing the Tea Party were falling apart in a spate of post-election season squabbling.
These days we have no sense of when and how our current spate of bipartisan ineptitude will end.
He dropped his hold on Lelas and stood looking across at Yanni a minute, while new life ran in spate through his veins.
His joy welled up and overflowed in him as overflows a river in time of spate.
He sprang down into the road, shouting what sounded like a spate of curses in the patois.
spate could rise to an emergency; the other committeemen thanked him with their eyes.
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.