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."
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.
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.
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.
en fuyant la pluie, on rencontre la grêle
avril pleut aux hommes, mai pleut aux bêtes
avant la sainte_jean, pluie bénite; après la sainte-jean, pluie maudite
ce sont les petites pluies qui gâtent les grands chemins
en mars, vent ou pluie, que chacun veille sur lui
fumée, pluie et femme sans raison chassent l'homme de la maison
imite la source qui ne tarit pas et non l'averse qui inonde la montagne
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