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1a shallow trough fixed beneath the edge of a roof for carrying off rainwater. a channel at the side of a street for carrying off rainwater.
) used to refer to a poor or squalid background or environment:only moneyed privilege had kept him out of the gutter
technical a groove or channel for flowing liquid. a channel on either side of a lane in a bowling alley. 2the blank space between facing pages of a book or between adjacent columns of type or stamps in a sheet.
1 [no object] (of a candle or flame) flicker and burn unsteadily:the candles had almost guttered out 2 [with object] archaic channel or furrow with something such as streams or tears:my cheeks are guttered with tears [no object]
) stream down:the raindrops gutter down her visage