take (something) by storm

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of take (something) by storm

1 : to quickly become very successful or popular in (a particular place) or among (a particular group)
  • The writer has taken the literary world by storm.
  • The new fashion has taken London by storm.
2 : to attack and capture (a place) suddenly by using a lot of force or a large number of people
  • The soldiers took the castle by storm.

Word by Word Definitions

take play
  1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

  2. : to seize or capture physically

  3. : to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

storm play
  1. : a disturbance of the atmosphere marked by wind and usually by rain, snow, hail, sleet, or thunder and lightning

  2. : a heavy fall of rain, snow, or hail

  3. : wind having a speed of 64 to 72 miles (103 to 117 kilometers) per hour

  1. : to blow with violence

  2. : to rain, hail, snow, or sleet vigorously

  3. : to attack by storm


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