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toad-strangler n

Also toad-choker, ~-floater, toadfrog-strangler, toad-stringer, ~-washerchiefly Gulf States, South MidlandSee Map

A very heavy rain.

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  • 1906 Landmark (Statesville NC) 1 June [4/5] (newspaperarchive.com) TX, Have had several rains in the past two weeks and last night a regular toad strangler fell.
  • 1938 Rawlings Yearling 228 nFL, Hit’s a toad-strangler of a rain.
  • 1944 PADS 2.61 swMO, Toad-strangler. . . A heavy rain. Greene Co. Rare. . . [PADS Ed: Also Va., N.C., S.C.]
  • 1950 PADS 14.77 FL, Toad-floater. . . A downpour of rain.
  • 1965–70 DARE
    Qu. B25, . . Joking names . . for a very heavy rain. . . “It’s a regular _____.”
    32 Infs, chiefly Gulf States, S Midl, Toad-strangler; GA73, 77, Toadfrog-strangler; SC29, Toad-washer;
    Qu. B24, . . A sudden, very heavy rain
    Infs FL7, LA7, Toad-strangler; FL29, Toad-strangler—a quick, very heavy rain—over quite fast.
  • 1985 Ladwig How to Talk Dirty 15 Ozarks, It was a log-roller and a toad-choker . . (heavy rain).
  • 1986 Pederson LAGS Concordance Gulf Region, (Heavy rain) 17 infs, Toad-strangler(s); 2 infs, Toad-stringer; 1 inf, Toad-frog strangler; (Thunderstorm) 4 infs, Toad-strangler; 1 inf, Toad-stringer.
  • 2001 DARE File Indianapolis IN, “A sudden, very heavy rain.” In Indiana it’s called a “toad-strangler.”
toad-strangler + varr (Qq. B25, B24)