One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A steep valley or ravine.
gorge, abyss, canyon, ravine, gully, gulf, pass, defile, couloir, crevasse, cleft, rift, rentView synonyms
- ‘This scheme would see the creation of a flood bank and clough as well as the installation of a permanent pump which would offer protection to all but two of the 11 properties seriously affected by flooding in 2000.’
- ‘In summer time, on long, warm evenings, we would engage in the building of various types of bridges over the stream that runs down the clough.’
- ‘Woodlands Mill, which is situated in a wooded clough, was built at the peak of manufacturing activity in the area.’
- ‘We got caught in it anyway being too high up when it drifted towards us - dense pouring cloud - filling in every clough and gulley between us and the hills over the valley.’
- ‘These trees were located along the streams and clough sides, where they retained water and prevented soil erosion.’
Old English clōh (recorded in place names), of Germanic origin; related to German dialect Klinge.
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