Definition of groundswell
1 usually ground swell : a broad deep undulation of the ocean caused by an often distant gale or seismic disturbance
2 : a rapid spontaneous growth (as of political opinion) a groundswell of support
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Members who feel like Vela are still the exception, and there has yet to be a real anti-Pelosi groundswell in the Democratic Party.
There’s a big groundswell of support for progressive causes after the election.
But there’s been no indication of a groundswell of support for Stewart, despite the marshalling of pro-Trump media outlets and the populist GOP grassroots.
A year later, when the boys' families asked the Jewish world to re-experience and strengthen the previous summer's groundswell of Jewish unity in the boys' memory, Jewish Unity Day was observed and started as an annual event.
There was a groundswell of support to go after the world championship again.
Scott has loyally supported the school choice movement, but had avoided taking a position on HB 7069, as the issue incited a groundswell of criticism and opposition from parents and teacher groups.
After failing to pass a bill creating a system for patients to buy medical cannabis, a groundswell of support among lawmakers and activists alike called for a special session.
Is there groundswell of wanting to elect an outsider to come in and shake things up?
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Definition of groundswell for English Language Learners
: a fast increase in the amount of public support for something (such as a political cause or candidate)
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