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hail

noun uk   /heɪl/ us  
C2 [U] small hard balls of ice that fall from the sky like rain a hail of sth a lot of similar things or remarks, thrown or shouted at someone at the same time: a hail of bullets The prime minister was greeted with a hail of insults as she arrived at the students' union.

hail

verb uk   /heɪl/ us  

hail verb (CALL)

C2 [T] formal to call someone in order to attract their attention: Shall we hail a taxi? I tried to hail her from across the room.

hail verb (ICE)

C2 [I] If it hails, small hard balls of ice fall from the sky like rain.
(Definition of hail from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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