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bucket

1. noun In basketball, the hoop and net. He threw from the three-point line, but the ball bounced off the bucket. You've got to put pressure on their defense and keep driving toward the bucket.
2. noun In basketball, an instance of the ball being put through the hoop and net, especially from the three-point line. That's his 10th bucket of the game. If she can sink this bucket, they'll have a shot at winning the game.
3. noun, slang An old, dilapidated car. I've been driving this bucket around for nearly 15 years. I think it's finally time to upgrade.
4. verb To rain very heavily. Primarily heard in UK. It's been bucketing outside for nearly an hour.

buckets

informal A large amount of liquid. It's been raining buckets all morning. It was so hot outside that I was sweating buckets by the time I finished mowing the lawn.
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"That's what YOU are, you know," says Bucket. "Now, it an't necessary to say to a man like you, engaged in your business, which is a business of trust and requires a person to be wide awake and have his senses about him and his head screwed on tight (I had an uncle in your business once)--it an't necessary to say to a man like you that it's the best and wisest way to keep little matters like this quiet.
"I don't mind telling YOU," says Bucket with an engaging appearance of frankness, "that as far as I can understand it, there seems to be a doubt whether this dead person wasn't entitled to a little property, and whether this female hasn't been up to some games respecting that property, don't you see?"
"Now, what YOU want," pursues Bucket, again tapping Mr.
Bucket, shaking hands with him quite affectionately.
"You don't happen to know a very good sort of person of the name of Gridley, do you?" says Bucket in friendly converse as they descend the stairs.
"Nothing particular," says Bucket; "only having allowed his temper to get a little the better of him and having been threatening some respectable people, he is keeping out of the way of a warrant I have got against him--which it's a pity that a man of sense should do."
Bucket, coming behind some under-sized young man with a shining hat on, and his sleek hair twisted into one flat curl on each side of his head, almost without glancing at him touches him with his stick, upon which the young man, looking round, instantly evaporates.
Bucket stops for a moment at the corner and takes a lighted bull's-eye from the constable on duty there, who then accompanies him with his own particular bull's-eye at his waist.
Snagsby," says Bucket as a kind of shabby palanquin is borne towards them, surrounded by a noisy crowd.
Bucket coolly asks as he turns his bull's-eye on a line of stinking ruins.
Darby replies that "all them are," and further that in all, for months and months, the people "have been down by dozens" and have been carried out dead and dying "like sheep with the rot." Bucket observing to Mr.
Bucket. Whenever they move, and the angry bull's-eyes glare, it fades away and flits about them up the alleys, and in the ruins, and behind the walls, as before.
Bucket, opening another door and glaring in with his bull's-eye.
Leaving the house, with the children after her, she took the filled bucket to the dust-heap, and emptied it in a hollow place among the rubbish, about half-way up the mound.
Thrown in, nearly midway between the contents of the housemaid's bucket, the torn morsels would be protected above as well as below, when they were emptied on the dust-heap.