the heavens opened

the heavens opened

  (literary)
something that you say which means it started to rain a lot Suddenly, the heavens opened and we all had to run indoors.
See also: heaven, open
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The city's picturesque streets were flooded with people, with massive queues forming outside attractions, but they were soon awash with water as well, as the heavens opened at around 7pm.
Alas the clouds came darkly overhead, Then the heavens opened and rain they shed, We expected a cancellation but nothing was said, So we went to the venue with not a little dread.
It was a typical British day with picnics on the grass and a sprint for shelter when the heavens opened briefly, before the crowd watched the Rigby & Rigby polo team claim the trophy.
The band - who hail from Llandudno - played on the Other Stage as the heavens opened across the Somerset site.
The heavens opened, causing flash flooding in the area around Sparkbrook at around 10am.
by Tom Hopkinson RORY McILROY stormed into a six-shot lead at Royal Liverpool - just before the heavens Opened.
She got the job done seconds before the heavens opened but just missed out on eclipsing compatriot Navratilova's quick–re win over Andrea Jaege r before the heavens opened but just missed out on eclipsing compatriot Navratilova's quick–re win over Andrea Jaege r in 1983 by just a minute.
Bamford Fieldhouse were 65 for 4 off 25 overs when the heavens opened with Stephen Cole excelling with a spell of 3 for 14 off nine overs.
With Gloucestershire teetering on the brink of defeat at 307 for nine - still 92 short of their victory target - the heavens opened above the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence just 10 minutes before the scheduled 11am start time and never relented thereafter.
So as the heavens opened and the water poured down our necks we all had to run for cover.
Was it because the heavens opened or because someone else chose that outfit for her?
As the heavens opened again on their Brough Park home, the Tynesiders' fixture against Edinburgh Monarchs was called off by match referee Dave Dowling at 6.
RAIN began falling as darkness descended on Kempton last night, where conditions were officially described as good to soft, good in places before the heavens opened, writes Lee Mottershead.
Sun shone for most of the day as temperatures reached the high teens, but for brief moments the heavens opened and heavy showers poured down on the region.
In the second half, the heavens opened and LSH went ahead.