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to move in large numbers

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Written by Liz Potter

In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips explores the words and phrases we use to describe movement. This week’s tip looks at verbs that mean to move in large numbers:



flood to go somewhere in very large numbers:

  • Refugees were flooding out of the capital.
  • A century ago immigrants from Europe flooded into the States.

pour to go somewhere quickly and in large numbers:

  • Troops poured across the border.
  • It was 3.30 and the kids were pouring out of school.

stream to move in large numbers in a continuous flow:

  • 1200 students streamed into the auditorium.
  • Cars were streaming over the bridge.

troop to walk somewhere in large numbers and in an orderly way:

  • The bell goes and they all troop into school.
  • 500 demonstrators trooped to City Hall.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page and this page list more ways to say ‘to move‘.

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