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AlyonaSunlight
Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2018 5:19:26 PM

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Hello everyone!

I have a question about the following phrases describing “rain”

1. It's pouring (down).
2. It’s pelting down.
3. It’s lashing (down).
4. It’s tipping down.
5. It’s teeming down.
6. It’s beating down.
7. It’s sheeting down.
8. It’s coming down.
9. It’s coming down in torrents/sheets.
10. It’s coming down in stair rods.
11. It’s raining cats and dogs.
12. It’s chucking it down. (BrE-?)
13. It's bucketing down. (BrE-?)
14. It’s pissing down (sorry) Anxious

1. Is there any difference between “pouring” and “pouring down” as long as “lashing” and “lashing down”?
2. Are all these expressions really used?
3. Which of them are typically British?
4. If you know any other popular expressions, I’d be happy if you shared them with me.

Thanks a lot in advance!
thar
Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2018 5:43:20 PM

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AlyonaSunlight wrote:
Hello everyone!

I have a question about the following phrases describing “rain”

1. It's pouring
2. It's pelting. It’s pelting it down.
3. It’s lashing it down - not really.
4. It’s tipping it down - yes
5. no
6. no, not really
7. no
8. no
9. It’s coming down in sheets. Yes. Torrents is more running water - a river in flood. But you can say it's torrential rain.
10. It’s coming down like stair rods. Very old-fashioned. Most people don't even know what a stair rod is, nowadays! I don't think anyone would say this now. Or not many people - before people here correct me.
11. It’s raining cats and dogs. Yes, a bit of a cliche, though. You would be aware of the cliche as you say it.
(be careful not to step in a poodle).
12. It’s chucking it down. (BrE-?) Yes
13. It's bucketing down. (BrE-?) Yes
14. It’s pissing it down yes

1. Is there any difference between “pouring” and “pouring down” as long as “lashing” and “lashing down”?
I would only use its 'pelting/pissing/lashing it down. That is the violence of the action.
It's pouring is like 'it's raining'. It is not dramatic, it is factual. It's pouring just means it is raining heavily.

You have to distinguish the dummy subject 'its.... it down' from what the rain is doing
the rain is teeming down - that feels very unusual.

or how you describe the rain.
There are degrees of wetness - it's drizzling, raining, pouring, pelting. These are gradations to indicate how wet you will get.

Lashing/pelting it down can also indicate how strong the wind is, so how horizontal the rain might be.

2. Are all these expressions really used?
3. Which of them are typically British?
4. If you know any other popular expressions, I’d be happy if you shared them with me.

Frankly the most common in BrE
lacks imagination - it's pissing it down.
It's chuckin'/tippin' it down.
Sudden heavy rain is a downpour - you would say you got caught in a downpour, for example. Or a cloudburst.

More eloquent - the heavens opened (sudden rainstorm)


Thanks a lot in advance!
FounDit
Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2018 9:30:10 PM

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I've never heard of chuckin' or tippin' it down. I do know one about pissing, but it's a little too vulgar for the forum.

One country folks sometimes use for a heavy rain is "This/it's a frog strangler", meaning there is so much rain coming down even frogs would drown.


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Sarrriesfan
Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2018 2:15:28 AM

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I would disagree with thar although "pissing it down" is common I am not so sure it's the most common "chucking" is what I hear most but I guess it depends on who you talk to.

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AlyonaSunlight
Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2018 10:11:12 AM

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Thank you very very much, thar, FounDit and Sarrriesfan!
BobShilling
Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2018 11:31:04 AM
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This speaker of BrE finds 1, 2, 4-8, 9 (only torrents), and 11-14 natural enough.
AlyonaSunlight
Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2018 2:16:24 PM

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Thank you, BobShilling!
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Monday, October 8, 2018 5:47:28 AM

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In these neck of woods it usually hails like hell.

EDIT: (At this time of the year ;-)



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