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Question:

Of the following, which expression that could be found in informational text uses words in a figurative sense rather than a literal one?

A An avalanche of rumors
Explaination

An “onslaught” literally means a vigorous attack or onset, as of criticism here. A “throng” literally means a multitude of people or things assembled/crowded together, as of onlookers here. “Belligerent” literally means hostile, and “mob” literally means an unruly crowd. However, “avalanche” literally means a large snow or ice slide; figuratively it means any sudden, overwhelming amount or occurrence, as with rumors here.