rain fire and brimstone

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Etymology[edit]

From the Old Testament, psalm 11:6 (Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.[1]).

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rain fire and brimstone

  1. (idiomatic) to send horror or destruction
    • 2012, William deGraftColeman, The Gods Declare[1], Bloomington: iUniverse, page 206:
      I will rain fire and brimstone on you.
    • 2003, Ray Hildreth; Charles W. Sasser, Hill 488[2], Pocket Books, ISBN 0-7434-6643-8, page 20–21:
      That day I raised my hand and swore obedience and loyalty to God, country and the Marine Corps, not necessarily in that order, and promised to rain fire and brimstone upon all enemies […]
    • 2016 April 23, Dirk Hayhurst, “Colabello’s entire fairy tale now under suspicion”, in TSN[3], Bell Media, retrieved 2017-03-10:
      Yet, if Colabello is clean and this really was an accident, then he’d better fight the results with all his might. He’d better rain fire and brimstone down on supplement companies.

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  1. ^ 1769, “Psalm 11:6”, in The King James Bible