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groundswell

a considerable swell of the sea, often caused by a distant storm or earthquake or by the passage of waves into shallow water
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The Finance Minister said that not a single political analyst in the last few days had foreseen the velocity of the Prime Minister's groundswell in a state like West Bengal.
But Mr Blair told The Herald: "I don't think we should have one unless there really is a big groundswell of opinion for it, and I don't see that.
"But following a huge groundswell of public support for our plan, it looks like City Hall has rediscovered its sense of humor.
It quite that great groundswell of their way and especially Nigel Farage stepped as leader.
"I don't see a groundswell of opinion for the right to bear arms in America."
"John, if he were here, would be incredibly proud at the groundswell of support which has been shown for this life-saving cause.
Already, the Groundswell Community Greenhouse and the Invermere Permaculture Garden have garnered significant attention from local volunteers and out-of-town visitors, as well as support from both government and the private sector.
"Bluntly, I believe that the groundswell of anger amongst many ordinary people in Scotland could produce a clamour for another independence referendum that may well be unstoppable."
I detect feminism's battle-axes' action here rather than a groundswell of national outrage.
Licensed for public performance, Groundswell Rising: Protecting Our Children's Air and Water is a documentary about the spreading opposition to hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking", an extremely lucrative means of extracting fossil fuels from the earth with hydraulically pressurized liquid.
If Scotland gets independence, I hope that there is a groundswell of opinion in the English regions for more power and resources, so that London does not decide how many crumbs we can have off their table, whether Labour or the Conservatives are in.