Definition of rain (or come down in) stair rods in English:

rain (or come down in) stair rods

phrase

British
informal
  • Rain very heavily.

    • ‘One day we were able to wash our bodies and clothes whilst on the station platform as the rain came down in stair rods.’
    • ‘The eastern Amazon basin is very hot and steamy and can rain stair rods one moment and be dry the next, it easy to be caught out.’
    • ‘This year the rain came down in stair rods for two of the four show days, but then the sun appeared and it all turned out fine.’
    • ‘It came down in stair rods with visibility towards the end of the race down to 400 metres.’
    • ‘The rain was coming down in stair rods when we arrived but it couldn't hold us back.’
    • ‘The weather on Wednesday was appalling with gale warnings all over and rain coming down in stair rods.’
    • ‘It was spotting with rain as I started but coming down in stair rods by the time I was back in the house, with angry black clouds swirling overhead - not looking good at all.’
    • ‘The clouds are down over our heads now; tremendous rolls of thunder; rain coming down in stair rods.’
    • ‘The weather this morning is somewhat ‘inclement’ a howling wind and yet more stair rods of rain.’
    • ‘The stair rods had turned to a soaking heavy drizzle but the temperature was barely struggling to the 13 degree mark, let alone the promised 30 degrees and things were not looking good on the summer weather front.’
    pour, pour down, pelt down, tip down, teem down, beat down, lash down, sheet down, come down, come down in sheets, come down in torrents, rain cats and dogs
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