gullywasher

[ guhl-ee-wosh-er, -waw-sher ]
/ ˈgʌl iˌwɒʃ ər, -ˌwɔ ʃər /

noun Chiefly Midland and Western U.S.

a usually short, heavy rainstorm.

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Origin of gullywasher

First recorded in 1815–25; gully1 + washer
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