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Hill split by flood (7)


I believe the answer is:


'flood' is the definition.
(a torrent is a large amount of water)

'hill split by' is the wordplay.
'hill' becomes 'tor' (tor is a kind of hill).
'split' becomes 'rent' (past tense of 'rend' meaning to split).
'by' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).

(Other definitions for torrent that I've seen before include "fast-moving flow" , "Fast-moving stream" , "Strong stream" , "A rushing stream of water" , "Overwhelming deluge" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian and The Globe and Mail.
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