One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An imaginary being held to be responsible for the weather.‘more rain next week please, Hughie!’
- ‘May the Weather-god Hughie rain on our BBQs.’
- ‘Hughie, as you probably know, is the weather god, and this is a warning to those who go sailing: Beware of Hughie.’
send her (or it) down, Hughie
informal An appeal for rain.‘as a farmer he would say, 'send her down, Hughie'’
- ‘He might also be that rain-god invoked with the formula, 'Send it down, Hughie'.’
- ‘“Send her down Hughie,” I said to nobody.’
- ‘While we're singing I'll be saying a silent prayer, asking Hughie to send her down—not just cats and dogs, but elephants too.’
- ‘When I was growing up, whenever it rained in St George, which was not very often, my mum would always say, 'Send it down, Hughie!'’
- ‘With the rain drizzling yet again I suspect many farmers have received their presents early; let's hope Hughie keeps sending her down for many weeks to come.’
Early 20th century: diminutive of the given name Hugh. The phrase send her down, Hughie may have developed from the British variant send it down, David, which dates from the 1920s.
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