Part of speech:
Both a noun ("a barrage of something") and a verb ("to barrage somebody with something.")
A barrage is a fast, violent, broad firing of bullets.
More loosely, a barrage is anything that gets spewed out in a fast, violent, overwhelming way.
Other common forms:
barrages, barraged, barraging
How to use it:
Talk about a barrage of questions, a barrage of criticism, a barrage of demands, a barrage of bad news, a barrage of angry emails, a barrage of bitter comments, and so on. You can talk about being barraged by something ("I'm so barraged by spam") or talk about barraging someone with something ("I barraged the company with phone calls, but they ignored me.")
To the critical observer, any printed magazine is just a glossy barrage of advertisements.
It's odd to stand on the peaceful black sand beaches here in Hawaii and imagine the fiery barrages from the volcano that created them.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "barrage” means when you can explain it without saying “pow-pow-pow” or “volley."
Think of the last time you wanted to clamp your hands over your ears or eyes, and fill in the blanks: "My (eyes/ears/mind) was/were barraged with _____ when _____."
Example : "My eyes were barraged with blaring florescent lights when I entered Wal-Mart."
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1. The opposite of BARRAGE is
2. A playful journalist wrote about "a barrage of legislation on _____."
A. marriage rights
B. gun control
C. medical marijuana
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