the heavens opened

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the heavens open

A downpour of rain begins. We had to postpone our baseball game because the heavens opened as soon as we got on the field.
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the heavens opened

A downpour began. We had to postpone our baseball game because the heavens opened as soon as we got on the field.
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heavens opened

Fig. It started to rain heavily. The heavens opened, and we had to run for cover. We were waiting at the bus stop when the heavens opened.
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the heavens open

mainly BRITISH
If the heavens open, it begins to rain very heavily. Ten minutes before the start, the sky darkened and the heavens opened. Just as we sat down to eat, the heavens opened and we all had to run for cover.
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the heavens opened

it started to rain suddenly and very heavily.
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the heavens ˈopen

it suddenly begins to rain very heavily: We were walking back from the bus stop when suddenly the heavens opened.
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References in classic literature ?
The heavens opened, and across the blue rift it hung in a glory of celestial fire, while from behind and above the clouds came a warbling as of innumerable larks.
HYDERABAD -- The heavens opened on Hyderabad on Wednesday afternoon breaking over a day long sultry weather.
The 53-year-old former champion rolled back the years and rolled in the putts at the Women's British Open - until the heavens opened and washed away her hopes of challenging Michelle Wie for the lead.
In the end they came nowhere near - as the heavens opened on the brave souls.
Yesterday's grand parade was cancelled as the heavens opened, while the gate was down around 1,000 on last year's figure.
The duo played only two games early on Wednesday afternoon before the heavens opened again.
The city's picturesque streets were flooded with people, with massive queues forming outside attractions, but they were soon awash with water as well, as the heavens opened at around 7pm.
Alas the clouds came darkly overhead, Then the heavens opened and rain they shed, We expected a cancellation but nothing was said, So we went to the venue with not a little dread.
It was a typical British day with picnics on the grass and a sprint for shelter when the heavens opened briefly, before the crowd watched the Rigby & Rigby polo team claim the trophy.
by Tom Hopkinson RORY McILROY stormed into a six-shot lead at Royal Liverpool - just before the heavens Opened.
She got the job done seconds before the heavens opened but just missed out on eclipsing compatriot Navratilova's quick–re win over Andrea Jaege r before the heavens opened but just missed out on eclipsing compatriot Navratilova's quick–re win over Andrea Jaege r in 1983 by just a minute.
Bamford Fieldhouse were 65 for 4 off 25 overs when the heavens opened with Stephen Cole excelling with a spell of 3 for 14 off nine overs.
With Gloucestershire teetering on the brink of defeat at 307 for nine - still 92 short of their victory target - the heavens opened above the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence just 10 minutes before the scheduled 11am start time and never relented thereafter.
Was it because the heavens opened or because someone else chose that outfit for her?
As the heavens opened again on their Brough Park home, the Tynesiders' fixture against Edinburgh Monarchs was called off by match referee Dave Dowling at 6.