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- (intransitive) To rain heavily.
- 1922 February, James Joyce, Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare & Co.; Sylvia Beach, OCLC 560090630; republished London: Published for the Egoist Press, London by John Rodker, Paris, October 1922, OCLC 2297483:Episode 12, The Cyclops
- A torrential rain poured down from the floodgates of the angry heavens upon the bared heads of the assembled multitude which numbered at the lowest computation five hundred thousand persons.
(to rain very heavily):
- bucket down
- chuck it down
- lash down
- pelt down
- piss down
- rain cats and dogs
- whip down