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pour

verb uk   /pɔːr/ us    /pɔːr/

pour verb (CAUSE TO FLOW)

B1 [I or T] to make a substance flow from a container, especially into another container, by raising just one side of the container that the substance is in: I spilled the juice while I was pouring it. Pour the honey into the bowl and mix it thoroughly with the other ingredients. [+ two objects] Would you like me to pour you some more wine? Would you like to pour (= pour a drink into a glass or cup) while I open some bags of nuts?

pour verb (FLOW QUICKLY)

B1 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to (cause to) flow quickly and in large amounts: The bus was pouring out thick black exhaust fumes. The government has been pouring money into inefficient state-owned industries and the country can no longer afford it. I felt a sharp pain and looked down to see blood pouring from my leg. Refugees have been pouring into neighbouring countries to escape the civil war. The sweat was pouring down her face by the end of the race. It looks as though it's about to pour (with rain). I was standing in the pouring rain for an hour waiting for my bus.
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