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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

golden shower

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

April showers bring May flowers

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

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.
See also: send, shower

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

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

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

send someone to the showers

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

send someone to the showers

fail early on in a race or contest. North American informal
See also: send, shower, someone

shower on

or shower upon
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

To give someone an abundance of something: The parents showered the child with gifts.
See also: 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
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You're still looking at showery and breezy weather in between but looking more settled for the rest of August after that first week.
Once the showery rain passes through there will be a few spells of sunshine breaking through," he said.
Tomorrow - Another showery day with temperatures reaching 8C and gusts up to 30mph.
It's going to be more showery,'' weather specialist Bonnie Bartling said.
Showery outbreaks will become patchy rain, while presenters are to to stress the likelihood of sunshine over most of the country rather than chilly in isolated areas.
But normal service will be resumed - weatherwise anyway - from today, as the country cools down before a dull and showery end to the week.
Whenever possible choose a showery day for this task.
Tuesday will be dry and bright in the south, but showery further north, with rain in Scotland later.
Neither the dearth of drams nor showery weather put off the spectators.
The weather is forecast to be dry in many areas but there's the chance of showery rain in Munster and parts of Connacht.
It will start off quite showery but should clear in the afternoon and will be dry but cloudy through the afternoon and evening.
The Met Office said: "A cold and increasingly showery north-westerly flow is expected to develop during Wednesday and last through Thursday.
Up to around 5cm is likely in places, but due to the patchy, showery nature of the precipitation, some places will miss out entirely.
It will stay blustery and showery on Thursday but winds will pick up again on Friday.
They all want to develop a theme of cold and showery or wet weather over the next week, with warm dry air from the east colliding with moist air from the Atlantic and a dipping jet stream.