Gully washer


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Related to Gully washer: toad strangler

Gully washer

A hard rain. In days before contour terracing, the runoff from a hard rain would generally wash small gullies in freshly plowed ground.
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The weather threatened much of the week, but actually held off most of the time until the evening of the Gala Concert, when the traditional horn player's connection with Odin and Thor must have broken down, and we had a proper Midwest "gully washer."
Without missing a beat, he explained how toad strangler, loosely translated into northern dialects, means gully washer or downpour.
Then the third and so on, until during a real 'gully washer' all five engines are running," Stepins said.