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Rain [1]

verb; other word formation type semantic change ; widening
This term is most often used as “making it rain” in casual basketball play, when an individual is continuously making shots one after another without missing. Usually used as a term of encouragement, indicating that one is impressed with the other’s contribution to the game.
 
“Nice dude, another three-pointer! You’re just making it rain!” -fellow basketball player at gym
Etymology : Rain, from Old English word “regnian”, first recorded use of rain indicating “things that fall”, such as tears or blessings, was in 1200. “Making it rain” refers to the shots that continuously fall, as if it were raining.
Source : spoken by friend at the basketball courts; 2012
Last modified: 25 November 2013


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