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it's raining pitchforks (and hammer handles)

old-fashioned It's raining extremely heavily. We can't hold the company barbeque today—it's raining pitchforks and hammer handles! We'll still have a good vacation, even if it's raining pitchforks the whole time.
See also: hammer, pitchfork, rain

rain pitchforks

old-fashioned To rain extremely heavily. We've been planning this company barbecue for weeks, but unfortunately it's supposed to rain pitchforks this weekend! We were looking forward to sunny skies in Portugal, but it rained pitchforks the whole time we were there.
See also: pitchfork, rain
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

It's raining pitchforks (and hammer handles).

 and It's raining cats and dogs.
Rur. It is raining very hard. Take an umbrella. It's raining pitchforks and hammer handles out there! Charlie: Have you looked outside? How's the weather? Mary: It's raining cats and dogs.
See also: pitchfork, rain
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

rain pitchforks

tv. to rain very hard and heavy. Every time I go out to rake leaves, it rains pitchforks.
See also: pitchfork, rain
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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