Date: 1200-1300
Origin: Perhaps from French dialect purer, from Latin purus; PURE


pour S2 W3


[transitive] to make a liquid or other substance flow out of or into a container by holding it at an angle:
She poured coffee for everyone.
pour something into/out/down etc (something)
Pour the oil into a frying pan and heat.
pour something away (=get rid of something)
The wine was so bad I just poured it away.
pour somebody something
Why don't you pour yourself another drink?


[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] if a lot of liquid or smoke pours out, it comes out from somewhere in very large amounts
pour from/down/out
Smoke was pouring out of the upstairs windows.
Blood was pouring from his nose.


also pour down [intransitive]DN to rain heavily without stopping:
It poured all night.
it's pouring with rain/it poured with rain British English
It was pouring down with rain at three o'clock.

people or things

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] if a lot of people or things pour into or out of a place, a lot of them arrive or leave at the same time
pour into/out of/from etc
The crowds began pouring out of the stadium.
Offers of help poured in from all over the country.


[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] if light is pouring into or out of a place, a lot of light is coming in or out
pour into/out of
Light was pouring into the courtyard.

pour cold water over/on something

to criticize someone's plan, idea, or desire to do something so much that they no longer feel excited about it

pour scorn on somebody/something

to say that something or someone is stupid and not worth considering

pour oil on troubled waters

to try to stop a quarrel, for example by talking to people and making them calmer

pour it on

a) to behave or talk in a particular way in order to make people like you or feel sorry for you
b) American English informal to try very hard in order to do something, especially in order to win a game:
The Raiders really poured it on in the second quarter.

pour on the charm

to behave in a very nice and polite way, in order to make someone like you

pour something into something

phrasal verb
if people pour money into something, they provide a lot of money for it over a period of time, in order to make it successful:
They've poured thousands of pounds into developing the business.

pour something ↔ out

phrasal verb
if you pour out your thoughts, feelings etc, you tell someone all about them, especially because you feel very unhappy:
She poured out all her troubles to him.
pour out your heart/soul (=tell someone all your feelings, including your most secret ones)

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