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gullywasher

[guhl-ee-wosh-er, -waw-sher]
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noun Chiefly Midland and Western U.S.
  1. a usually short, heavy rainstorm.

Origin of gullywasher

First recorded in 1815–25; gully1 + washer
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Historical Examples

  • At seven in the morning the stage pulls up for us, and it rains—no gentle sizzle-sozzle, but a sod-soaker, yea a gully-washer!

    The New North

    Agnes Deans Cameron