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pour down

1. To cause a liquid or loose substance to flow downward and into something that carries it away, such as a drain. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "pour" and "down." It's a shame to pour such nice wine down the drain, but I can't drink anymore, or I'll get a horrible headache. He poured the soapy water down the gutter after he finished washing his car.
2. To rain or fall down in a shower (on someone or something). After nearly two weeks of drought, it was such a relief for the rain to come pouring down again. Green slime poured down on the contestant after she answered the question incorrectly.
3. To cause some liquid or loose substance to fall down in a shower on someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pour" and "down." The castle defenders poured boiling oil down on the attackers below the ramparts. Someone poured sand down on us from that bridge up there.
4. To be gifted to someone in great abundance; to grace someone with a lot of something. Praise for the director's debut film poured down on her debut film from critics across the globe. We must always be thankful for the good fortune that has poured down on us since we first built this farm two years ago.
5. To grace or gift something to someone in great abundance. The bosses always pour compliments down on Janet, even though she does half as much work as the rest of us. I truly believe God pours his blessings down on those who cherish His words in their hearts.
See also: down, pour

pour down

 (on someone or something)
1. Lit. [for water, as with rain] to shower down on someone. The rain poured down on us, soaking us to the bone.
2. Fig. [for blessings, criticism, praise, kudos, etc.] to flow down on someone or something. Criticism poured down on the mayor until he resigned. Blessings poured down on the early settlers in the form of good harvests and plentiful game.
See also: down, pour
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Mix one cup of salt and one cup of baking soda and pour down the drain.
It is so self-conscious, so apparently moral, simply to step aside from the gaps where the creeks and winds pour down, saying, I never merited this grace, quite rightly, and then to sulk along the rest of your days on the edge of rage.
The assembly appears to have plenty of money to pour down the drain - one idea being a model of the assembly being constructed and stored at a huge cost.
It is to have an abstracted reflecting pool which will evoke the old dock, and water will pour down the wall facing the big stairs: we shall see whether the result compensates for the apparent lack of function.
Claire Stansfield's dress seems to pour down her body like a transparent, viscous fluid, causing her to resemble some Ovidian maiden being transformed into a river.
Other sources include the shammpoo, toothpaste, household cleaners, and paint you pour down the drain, plus small amoumnts from your body's wastes.
It's my birthday tomorrow, and if it doesn't pour down it'll probably snow.
To many of the Valencia High School teens who pour down the hill at lunch time to the fast-food spots at the minimall in one of America's safest cities, the armed guards are gun-toting intimidators who hassle them for trivial matters.