- (among American Indians) a medicine man who by various rituals and incantations seeks to cause rain.
- a person who induces rainfall by using various scientific techniques, as the seeding of clouds with silver iodide crystals from an airplane.
- Slang. an executive or lawyer with exceptional ability to attract clients, use political connections, increase profits, etc.: The president has several rainmakers among his advisers.
Origin of rainmaker
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Examples from the Web for rainmaker
The Rainmaker, John Grisham April 1, 1995 The Rainmaker, John Grisham's sixth novel, took the summer of 1995 by storm.Back to the '90s
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For all this, interest in the rainmaker's efforts did not lax.
The last of the correspondents left on the evening of the day that Judge Thayer set the rainmaker to work.
But the wind was against the rainmaker; nature conspired to mock him before men as the quack that he was.
The town knew all about the rainmaker at work behind the shielding rows of tall corn in Judge Thayer's garden.
The rainmaker sent up his vain, his fatuous, foolish, infinitesimal breath of smoke.
- (among Native Americans) a professional practitioner of ritual incantations or other actions intended to cause rain to fall
- informal, mainly US an influential employee who creates a great deal of business or revenue for his or her firm
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Word Origin and History for rainmaker
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