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1    a brief period of rain, hail, sleet, or snow  
2    a sudden abundant fall or downpour, as of tears, sparks, or light  
3    a rush; outpouring  
a shower of praise     
a    a kind of bath in which a person stands upright and is sprayed with water from a nozzle  
b    the room, booth, etc., containing such a bath,   (Full name)    shower bath  
5      (Brit)  
slang   a derogatory term applied to a person or group, esp. to a group considered as being slack, untidy, etc.  
6      (U.S., Canadian, Austral., and N.Z.)   a party held to honour and present gifts to a person, as to a prospective bride  
7    a large number of particles formed by the collision of a cosmic-ray particle with a particle in the atmosphere  
8      (N.Z.)   a light fabric cover thrown over a tea table to protect the food from flies, dust, etc.  
9    tr   to sprinkle or spray with or as if with a shower  
shower the powder into the milk     
10    often with it as subject   to fall or cause to fall in the form of a shower  
11    tr   to give (gifts, etc.) in abundance or present (a person) with (gifts, etc.)  
they showered gifts on him     
12    intr   to take a shower  
     (Old English scur; related to Old Norse skur, Old High German skur shower, Latin caurus northwest wind)  
  showery      adj  
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shower          [2]  
      n   a person or thing that shows  

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1      (figurative)   barrage, deluge, downpour, fusillade, plethora, rain, stream, torrent, volley  
2      (Brit. slang)   bunch of layabouts, crew, rabble  
3    deluge, heap, inundate, lavish, load, pour, rain, spray, sprinkle  

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April showers bring May flowers exp.
used to point out that small problems or unpleasant events can in the end help things get better

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