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a cold shower

1. An unexpectedly cold reaction from someone or something. Well, that bad review in the paper was certainly a cold shower amid the excitement of starring in my first play.
2. A distraction that allows one to suppress sexual urges or feelings. Often used in the phrase "take a cold shower." You're losing your mind over this girl. Go take a cold shower before you do something stupid. That movie was steamy! I think I need to go home and take a cold shower.
See also: cold, shower

a grower, not a shower

vulgar slang A penis that is small when flaccid but becomes substantially larger when erect. (A "shower" is a penis that is quite large when flaccid and does not grow much when erect.) He told me he was a grower, not a shower, and then proved it when we went home together!
See also: not, shower

aluminum shower

1. In aviation, a midair collision between two airplanes, thus resulting in a "shower" of debris from the sky. With so many more planes in the air these days, it's a wonder there aren't more aluminum showers.
2. obsolete An effort to collect household and scrap aluminum so as to aid in wartime production efforts. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Officials pledged that the town would take part in an aluminum shower to replenish the raw resources that the arms industry so desperately needs.
3. obsolete A party, as for a bride-to-be, in which household items and appliances (i.e., those made of aluminum) are given as gifts. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I was at a lovely aluminum shower for Jane last weekend. Someone even gave her an entire kitchen set!
See also: shower

April showers bring May flowers

proverb Poor, often rainy weather in April can prove beneficial to blooming plant life in May. A: "Ugh, will it ever stop raining?" B: "April showers bring may flowers, at least."
See also: bring, flower, may, shower

cowboy shower

1. A very basic area for showering, often set up in a horse trailer, so that one can quickly rinse off dirt after working with animals. The next step will be to add a cowboy shower so that we can clean up after mucking out stalls.
2. The act of showering in this kind of stall or area. You better take a cowboy shower before you come in here—you stink of manure!
See also: cowboy, shower

golden shower

An act intended for sexual gratification in which someone is urinated upon by another person.
See also: golden, shower

have a shower

1. Literally, to clean oneself in a shower. I got really sweaty working out in the back yard, so I'm going to have a shower before lunch. I prefer to have showers, but having a bath now and then is nice, too.
2. To bathe in general, not necessarily in a shower. There are a few people in my office who could stand to have a shower a bit more regularly. You might have better luck on your dates if you had a shower every once in a while!
See also: have, shower

Puerto Rican shower

offensive slang Cleaning oneself as best one can when only a sink is available. A: "When we were stuck at the airport for almost 48 hours, we could only clean ourselves up by attempting Puerto Rican showers in the bathroom." B: "Dad! That's a really ugly thing to say."
See also: shower

risk of (some inclement weather)

A significant chance of some kind of unpleasant weather, such as rain, snow, lightning, etc., occurring. I just heard that there's a risk of rain tomorrow. I hope our football game doesn't get canceled. You should never set off on a hike when there's a risk of lightning.
See also: of, risk

send (one) to the showers

To remove one from a particular situation for poor behavior or performance. Likened to an athlete being removed from a game and sent to the locker room (where one typically showers after the game is over). Coach will send you to the showers if you can't control your temper. I think it's high time the senator sent her press secretary to the showers. His comments to the media have been increasingly inflammatory.
See also: send, shower, to

shower (someone or something) with (something)

To present, give, or bestow something liberally or abundantly to someone or something. Friends and family will shower you with gifts when your first child is born, but don't expect much more than a card when your second baby arrives! The state-controlled media always showers the country's leader with praise, no matter what he says or does.
See also: shower

shower (something) on (someone or something)

To present, give, or bestow something liberally or abundantly to someone or something. Friends and family will shower gifts on you when your first child is born, but don't expect much more than a card when your second baby arrives! The state-controlled media always showers praise on the country's leadership, even if his actions or remarks contradict themselves.
See also: on, shower

shower (something) upon (someone or something)

To present, give, or bestow something liberally or abundantly to someone or something. Friends and family will shower gifts upon you when your first child is born, but don't expect much more than a card when your second baby arrives! The state-controlled media always showers praise upon the country's leadership, even if his actions or remarks contradict themselves.
See also: shower, upon

shower down

1. To clean oneself off in the shower, especially after some particularly dirty or strenuous activity. I need to go home after work and shower down, but I can meet you a little bit later if you want. I get so sweaty when I dance that I have to go shower down straight away when I'm finished.
2. To wash someone or something with a continuous spray or jet of water, as from a showerhead. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "shower" and "down." Our boiler isn't working, so we've had to shower the kids down in the electric shower in the basement. Make sure you shower down the horses after the guests come back from their ride.
3. To come falling down in great quantities from the sky. Meteors shower down upon the planet nearly constantly, making it totally uninhabitable. Huge drops of water showered down on the excavation, bringing all of our progress to a halt.
4. To cause something to fall from above in great quantities. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "shower" and "down." The wealthy old man took bagfuls of money to the roof of the tallest building and showered cash down on the people below. The gods will shower down their wrath upon you for this blasphemous act!
5. To heap an inordinate amount of something on someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "shower" and "down." The world showered praise down on the team for their breakthroughs in cancer research. The gods will shower down their wrath upon you for this blasphemous act!
See also: down, shower

shower scum

1. A thin white or gray film of soap, dirt, and skin cells that accumulates around the tub, tiles, or glass door of a shower. I don't think the previous owners of this place ever cleaned their bathrooms properly. The shower scum alone must have been an inch thick! This spray promises to wash away shower scum without any need to scrub!
2. An extremely repugnant, vile, wretched person. You're worse than a rat, worse than a maggot—you're nothing but shower scum! I would never let my daughter date shower scum like you!
See also: scum, shower

take a cold shower

To dampen or suppress sexual urges or feelings by distracting oneself with some kind of activity. Typically used as an imperative. You're losing your mind over this girl. Go take a cold shower before you do something stupid. That movie was steamy! I think I need to go home and take a cold shower.
See also: cold, shower, take

take a shower

1. Literally, to clean oneself in a shower; to shower. I got really sweaty working out in the back yard, so I'm going to take a shower before lunch. I prefer to take showers, but having a bath now and then is nice, too.
2. To bathe in general, not necessarily in a shower. There are a few people in my office who could stand to take a shower a bit more regularly. You might have better luck on your dates if you took a shower every once in a while!
See also: shower, take
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

April showers bring May flowers.

Prov. Although rain in April is annoying, it starts the flowers growing. Child: I hate all this rain. Why does it have to rain? Mother: April showers bring May flowers. Although it was a dreary, rainy day, we felt cheerful, since April showers bring May flowers.
See also: bring, flower, may, shower

risk of rain

 and risk of showers; risk of thunder(-storms)
a chance of precipitation. (Used only in weather forecasting. There is no "risk" of hazard or injury involved.) And for tomorrow, there is a slight risk of showers in the morning. There is a 50 percent risk of rain tonight.
See also: of, rain, risk

send someone to the showers

 and send someone to the locker room
Fig. to order a player from the playing field, thus ending the player's participation for the day. The coach had sent four players to the showers before the end of the game. He was angry enough to send them all to the locker room.
See also: send, shower, to

shower someone or something with something

to cover someone or something with cascades of something. Mary's friends showered her with gifts on her twenty-first birthday. The guests showered the bride and groom with confetti and rice.
See also: shower

take a shower

 and take a bath
to bathe. I take a shower every morning. John takes a hot bath to relax.
See also: shower, take
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

cold shower

A surprisingly chilly reception, reaction, or response, as in The small voter turnout was a cold shower to the League of Women Voters. The allusion in this term is to the unexpected and not always pleasant effect of an ice-cold shower. [Second half of 1900s]
See also: cold, shower
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

send someone to the showers

AMERICAN
If you send someone to the showers, you stop them playing a game or taking part in an activity because of their bad behaviour or poor performance. Viewers will vote online about what should happen in events they're watching, such as whether certain pitchers should be sent to the showers. Investors should consider various factors before sending a manager to the showers. Note: You can also talk about a trip to the showers with the same meaning. So what did Clemens say to earn his early trip to the showers? Compare with an early bath. Note: In baseball and other sports, players who are sent off cannot return to the field and so can take a shower before the game is finished.
See also: send, shower, someone, to
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

send someone to the showers

fail early on in a race or contest. North American informal
See also: send, shower, someone, to
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

shower on

or shower upon
v.
To bestow an abundance of something on someone: The director showered praise on the actor. The happy parents showered love upon their child.
See also: on, shower

shower with

v.
To give someone an abundance of something: The parents showered the child with gifts.
See also: shower
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.

shower

(ˈʃo wɚ)
a large flaccid penis that doesn’t get much bigger. (Compare to grower.) It’s a shower, not a grower.

shower scum

n. a despised person; despised people. (see also bathtub scum, pond scum.) Who is the shower scum who put a cigarette butt in my houseplant?
See also: scum, shower
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

April showers bring May flowers

Adversity is followed by good fortune. An old proverb, it was taken more literally in days gone by, and in fact it appeared in a British book of Weather Lore published in 1893.
See also: bring, flower, may, shower
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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