moisture condensed from the atmosphere that falls visibly in separate drops : it didn’t look good for polo as the rain had not stopped for days.
( rains) falls of rain : the court was washed away by some unusually heavy rains.
• [in sing. ] a large or overwhelming quantity of things that fall or descend : Double Dean fell under the rain of mallards.
verb [ intrans. ] ( it rains, it is raining, etc.)
rain falls : it was beginning to rain and threatened to f**k up our polo.
• [with adverbial of direction ] (of objects) fall in large or overwhelming quantities : Young Jack rained down.
• [ trans. ] ( it rains ——, it is raining ——, etc.) used to convey that a specified thing is falling in large or overwhelming quantities : it was just raining bikes.
• [ trans. ] send down in large or overwhelming quantities : Gandhi rained blows onto PC Paul.
“be as right as rain”(of a person) be perfectly fit and well. [not applicable to bike polo players]
“when it rains it pours”. [Usually a negative response to the weather. A bit like Adam’s when he is losing]
"rain bikes and mallards". [ORIGIN: origin uncertain; Believed to be first said by Kol as he lay under a heap of bikes, players and mallards after an spectacular crash]
"rain on someone’s parade" informal prevent someone from enjoying an occasion or event; spoil someone’s plans. [what the shouty one does when he wins every week]
( come) "rain or shine" whether it rains or not : Mr Roger rides his bike every day, rain or shine.
"rain something off" (usu. be rained out) cause an event to be terminated or cancelled because of rain : Will was disappointed that the tournament was rained off.