When you suddenly lose your job, get sick, get evicted and have your car break down all within two days, this is an example of an onslaught of trouble.
When a restaurant gets two tour buses arriving at the same time and unloading 50 guests, this is an example of an onslaught.
An onslaught of third-class mail.
They opened the doors and prepared for the onslaught of holiday shoppers.
Origin of onslaught
- Alteration (influenced by obsolete slaughte slaughter) of Dutch aanslag a striking at from Middle Dutch aenslach aen- on an- in Indo-European roots slach a striking
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition