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Lack of rain



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



dry weather is when there is no rain

the dry season


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

dust bowl


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



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



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

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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