pelt down

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pelt down (on someone or something)

[for something] to fall down on someone or something hard or in quantity. (Typically rain, hail, sleet, stones, etc.) The rain pelted down on the children as they ran to their school bus. The ashes from the volcanic eruption pelted down on the town, covering the houses in a gray shroud.
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Tries could be at a premium in an opening match fraught with tension - Wales must win and their skipper, Rob Howley, says he is nervous at the prospect of playing in front of a 72,500 crowd - and the weather, should it pelt down in Cardiff this afternoon, is hardly going to help matters.
It had all been going so well for the Magpies and Gullit after Kieron Dyer fired Newcastle ahead but, as the rain continued to pelt down, with 26 minutes left Niall Quinn found the net before Kevin Phillips bagged what proved to be the winner.
He's a 100 per center and it was typical that he pulled his hamstring going full pelt down the wing.
The next thing you know he's running full pelt down the street, weaving in and out of stunned onlookers, to get to an address where a Royal python has got stuck under a fridge.
But on the third expedition one cameraman caught precision shots of the animal running full pelt down an almost vertical mountain face in pursuit of a mountain goat meal.
All I can remember is running full pelt down the wing and Cleland's shoulder smacking me on the side of the head and knocking me out.
Upon leaving the building, they were unable to find a carriage to take them home, and rain began to pelt down.
I SEE the morons on bikes are still hurtling full pelt down Northumberland Street, dodging the pedestrians in some sort of daredevil game.
Then huge hailstones started to pelt down and my husband Joe went out to get the cat.
I can still remember my neighbour rushing in, heart in mouth, exclaiming: "She's riding with no hands again, full pelt down the street.