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rain something down (on someone or something)

to pour something, such as criticism or praise, onto someone or something. (Based on rain down on someone or something.) The employees rained criticism down on the personnel manager for the new policy on sick leave. The audience rained down compliments on the performers.
See also: down, rain

rain down

v.
1. To fall as rain: It rained down hard all day, so we had to cancel the picnic.
2. To fall in large quantities: The rice container tipped over on the top shelf and rice rained down on me.
3. To throw or hurl something down upon someone: The boxer rained blows down on his opponent's head for several seconds. The soldiers rained down arrows from the top of the castle.
See also: down, rain
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27[degrees]F), the clouds of hydrocarbons could condense and rain down, forming lakes of oil.
That all changed after halftime, after Ronaldinho -- the biggest of Barca's collection of superstars -- came on, entering to wild applause that continued to rain down every time he touched the ball.
Sulfates that form in the atmosphere after volcanic eruptions and rain down on wetlands may decrease those areas' emissions of methane for several years, thereby cooling the global climate.
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OUT OF CONTROL: Stewards clear the debris after the match is stopped by the referee; DISGRACE: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink tries to take a corner as (inset) missiles rain down on the hapless Chelsea striker
Therese "the Little Flower," as she is also known, is famous for her promise that she would rain down rose petals from heaven on those who appeal to her for help.
Plutonium dust "will rain down on people's hair, people's clothing, get into people's bodies.
Graney's work, presented as part of the Colorado Dance Festival, is heavy with theatrics and stunning special effects: Bridal gowns are flown in from both wings, then lowered onto the upstretched arms of the dancers, and l 50 pounds of rice rain down from the ceiling upon them.
Allied forces can teleport with chrono technology, conduct covert operations with the help of gap generators, and rain down lightening bolts through weather control.
Workers tote tools past him, forklifts haul I-beams over unfinished ground and a shower of sparks rain down from a welding torch.
Scientists would make atoms of a solid substance evaporate and then rain down on a surface of silicon or copper.
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Goldman's ringing dialogue remains bracing, musical and eviscerating in its depictions of the casual - and diabolically plotted - cruelties families can rain down on themselves.
It's so hot that iron droplets may rain down on its gaseous surface.
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