groundswell

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groundswell
  • noun
    A buildup of opinion or feeling in a large section of the population. (an unexpected groundswell of opposition developed)
    A large or extensive swell in the sea. (The wreck is well broken among rocks, spread out and so close in that even on a flat-calm day the groundswell sloshes the boat up and down as it moves in as close as possible to drop divers off.)

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