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rain down

1. To fall to the ground from the sky like rain. Bombs continue to rain down on the city the allied nations' assault continues on the dictatorship continues for its second straight week. Confetti and streamers rained down on the crowd of onlookers.
2. To lob, throw, or hurl something down on someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "rain" and "down." I tried to cover my head and face as the attacker rained down kicks and punches on me. Troops have been raining down bullets on the enemy encampment for over an hour.
See also: down, rain

rain down on (someone or something)

1. To pour or fall down on someone or something in a shower from above. Dirt and debris rained down on us following the explosion. Bombs continue to rain down on the city from the enemy bombardment. Confetti and streamers rained down on the crowd of onlookers.
2. To cause some liquid, loose substance, or multitudinous small objects to fall down in a shower on someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used either before or after "down." The castle defenders rained boiling oil down on the attackers below the ramparts. The dark clouds began raining down hail on us halfway through the hike.
3. To lob, throw, or hurl multitudinous small objects upon someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used either before or after "down." The other kids started raining down snowballs on us from the other side of the yard. Someone up there is raining rocks down on our car.
4. To give or bestow something on someone in abundance. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used either before or after "down." The boss has been raining praise down on Janet all week for the work she did. People across the country are raining down condemnations on the prime minster for his handling of the crisis.
See also: down, on, rain
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

rain something down (on someone or something)

to pour something, such as criticism or praise, onto someone or something. (Based on rain down on someone or something.) The employees rained criticism down on the personnel manager for the new policy on sick leave. The audience rained down compliments on the performers.
See also: down, rain

rain down on someone or something

to fall or drop down on someone or something like rain. The ashes from the incinerator rained down on us, getting our clothes dirty. The hail rained down on us—some of it quite large.
See also: down, on, rain
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

rain down

v.
1. To fall as rain: It rained down hard all day, so we had to cancel the picnic.
2. To fall in large quantities: The rice container tipped over on the top shelf and rice rained down on me.
3. To throw or hurl something down upon someone: The boxer rained blows down on his opponent's head for several seconds. The soldiers rained down arrows from the top of the castle.
See also: down, rain
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
it runs red upon the ground, it rains down from the skies.
With the 2D version you'll miss being bombarded with food as it rains down.
SHOWING: Cineworld, Showcase, Odeon, VUE VERDICT: Donning the hi-tech spectacles, you're bombarded with food of all shapes and sizes as it rains down on Swallow Falls but, thankfully, the technology isn't overused (you won't be ducking for cover every five minutes) and it provides a perfect garnish to this tasty treat
Calling for "soup" gets one drenched with food, calling for "shoes" just rains down a host of non-matching left-footed shoes, and calling for "money" rains down pennies from the sky--a storm that lasts for hours and does severe damage to the house and the truck!
Hammerschmidt and his colleagues report that the more atmospheric mercury rains down, the more methylmercury the bacteria produce.
Red, white and blue confetti rains down on the audience in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, during a day of commemoration for Birmingham war heroes who helped secure Britain's freedom 60 years ago.
The explosion simply blows out a crater of radioactive dirt, which rains down on the local region with an especially intense and deadly fallout."
Eventually, the water rains down and collects in lakes and oceans--about an inch of new water every 10,000 to 20,000 years.
The house is sturdy board paint rubbed by winds and washed with rains down to warm smokey smile.
One involves Cummings offering an umbrella over Kikuchi as a stream of rice rains down. Another shows the two as if eating: the African American woman uses her fingers to describe the relish of eating from a bowl, while the Japanese dancer works chopsticks to hold what looks like a single grain of rice.
For years I thought "I bless the rains down in Africa" from Toto's hit was actually "I left my brains down in Africa".
Researchers have long speculated that methane, abundant in Titan's thick atmosphere and recently found in frozen form on its surface, rains down on the moon.
NASA's plan if the plutonium rains down on "natural vegetation" is: "Remove and dispose all vegetation.
DUNK: Dixon slams ball into hoop; DUCK: He quickly dives away as backboard shatters and glass rains down on court
Once it rains down, the pollutant usually undergoes a chemical transformation--methylation--into a much more toxic form.