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    I suppose this question should not be here, really, but I was looking elsewhere, and found zero. You are my last hope.. It is about rising water. I saw it in duden, how it erupts from the ground like a small volcano, or something like that. So what I am curious about, and I did not come across this phrase anywhere else, is it a word people whose mother tongue is English do use? What I am asking is, will I make a fool out of myself if a say rising water to an American? Will she/he give me the evil eye? I mean there is such thing as rising water, right? Unless you always use.. some other common name? BTW, this rising water does not have to be necessarily what I said regarding duden description, so is this term used for something else too? Thanks.

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    Re: rising water

    In AmE, "rising water" is usually used to describe a flood, or flood conditions:

    The residents were warned to evacuate their homes at the first sign of rising water.
    The sump pump will turn on automatically whenever there is any rising water in the basement.


    Water that spouts from the ground like a volcano is referred to as a geyser.

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    Re: rising water

    This phrase can be used to describe a flood - The rising waters lapped at the river's banks. It implies water rising in a mass, as opposed to a jet of water, such as a fountain.

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    Re: rising water

    This was helpful. I guess I should not believe everything I read in duden. This book is pretty good, illustrated and all.
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