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be tipping (it) down

To be raining very heavily. Primarily heard in UK. We have a football match scheduled for tomorrow, but if it keeps tipping down like it is today, I'm sure that it will be cancelled. Looks like it's tipping it down outside again. I guess I won't be cycling to work this morning.
See also: down, tip

it’s ˈtipping (it) down

(British English, informal) it is raining heavily: There’s no way I’m playing football in this weather — it’s tipping it down.
See also: down, tip
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Australia and New Zealand five per cent tip Tipping down under is discretionary, there are no rules and it is not expected as waiting staff get paid a relatively higher wage than those in other countries.
It is tipping down and her indoors has me out and about doing some light retail therapy.
TRUE to form the wonderful British weather has not disappointed, it is tipping down and her indoors has me out and about doing some light retail therapy.
Once the first seven laps behind the safety car were done, and with the rain tipping down, the Dutchman dived past Ferrari's 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen at turn one to take third place.
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But today could be the day where it all comes tipping down, with the forecaster saying there is a 50% chance of rain at around 2 o'clock this afternoon.
An Associated Press reporter saw the Skydive Dubai propeller aircraft at the end of its runway in the Dubai Marina where it crashed on Friday, its nose tipping down over the breakers running along the water.
As one discontent said: "Who, as a new leader, would want to come in and take that lot on?" n n n LABOUR cabinet member Lisa Trickett, not one of the most popular politicians with her opposition rivals, can be congratulated for her role in relegating garden waste charges and fly tipping down the list of residents' concerns during the 2015 election campaign.
"If it's tipping down, it wouldn't be in her favour, and there would be a question about her running if the ground went the other way."
Sometimes when it's all misty rain, I'm the only person out, but when it's tipping down, I don't bother.
Ron Harris, trainer of Judge 'N Jury "It's been tipping down at the Curragh so the ground will suit him.
Basically, the weather starts at the top and works its way down, so these areas of low pressure that give us the horrible weather have been steered down across us, which is why it's tipping down.
Her get-up wouldn't be so bad but yesterday it was five degrees and tipping down with rain there.
The boy was airlifted to hospital with a fractured skull after losing control and tipping down an embankment.
The rain has been tipping down for hours and though it's only mid afternoon the light has already faded due to the dense dark rain clouds glowering overhead.