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Lack of rain

drought

noun

a long period of time when there is little or no rain and crops die

dry

adjective

dry weather is when there is no rain

the dry season

noun

a period of the year in some countries during which rain does not usually fall

dust bowl

noun

a region where there are a lot of dust storms because the soil has become dry because of a lack of rain

fail

verb

if the rains fail, it does not rain during the usual season or time of the year

keep off

if rain or snow keeps off, it does not fall, although you expected it to

parch

verb

if hot weather parches the ground, it makes it extremely dry

dark pool

a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

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