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rainmaker

[reyn-mey-ker]
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noun
  1. (among American Indians) a medicine man who by various rituals and incantations seeks to cause rain.
  2. a person who induces rainfall by using various scientific techniques, as the seeding of clouds with silver iodide crystals from an airplane.
  3. 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.
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Origin of rainmaker

An Americanism dating back to 1765–75; rain + maker
Related formsrain·mak·ing, noun
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Related Words for rainmaker

ordnance, cannon, battery, force, arms, munitions, gunnery, stovepipe, bazooka, cannonry

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Historical Examples of rainmaker

  • For all this, interest in the rainmaker's efforts did not lax.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden

  • The last of the correspondents left on the evening of the day that Judge Thayer set the rainmaker to work.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden

  • But the wind was against the rainmaker; nature conspired to mock him before men as the quack that he was.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden

  • The town knew all about the rainmaker at work behind the shielding rows of tall corn in Judge Thayer's garden.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden

  • The rainmaker sent up his vain, his fatuous, foolish, infinitesimal breath of smoke.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden


British Dictionary definitions for rainmaker

rainmaker

noun
  1. (among Native Americans) a professional practitioner of ritual incantations or other actions intended to cause rain to fall
  2. informal, mainly US an influential employee who creates a great deal of business or revenue for his or her firm
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Derived Formsrainmaking, noun
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Word Origin and History for rainmaker

n.

also rain-maker, 1775, in reference to American Indian tribal magicians, from rain (n.) + agent noun of make (v.).

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