patchy rain meaning, patchy rain definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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1       adj   A patchy substance or colour exists in some places but not in others, or is thick in some places and thin in others.  
Thick patchy fog and irresponsible driving were to blame..., ...the brown, patchy grass.     
2       adj   If something is patchy, it is not completely reliable or satisfactory because it is not always good.  
The evidence is patchy...     
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patch, path, pacy, peachy

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rain very heavily
Idiomatic expression. "The weather was really bad yesterday. It was raining cats and dogs all day."
spoil someone's plans; spoil someone's pleasure or joy.
I hate to rain on your parade, but we will not be able to host your birthday party next week.
purple dye sprayed by a police water cannon to mark the demonstrators for arrest. The purple substance was dubbed 'purple rain' by the press after an anti-apartheid protest held in Cape Town on September 2, 1989.
distinctive scent that accompanies the rain and rises up from the ground especially after a period of warm and dry weather
Ex.: And we could smell the scent of wheat and petrichor rising up in the air as a silent clamour.
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