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verb bucket pronunciation in British English /ˈbʌkɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebucketing
past tensebucketed
past participlebucketed

phrasal verb

bucket down

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theybucket down
he/she/itbuckets down
present participlebucketing down
past tensebucketed down
past participlebucketed down
British informal
to rain very hard


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spectacles; boiled sweets, candy; soft aniseed-flavoured jelly sweets coated with blue and pink sugar sprinkles

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