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drainpipe

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Pronunciation: /ˈdreɪnpʌɪp
 
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Definition of drainpipe in English:

noun

1A pipe for carrying off rainwater or liquid refuse from a building.
Example sentences
  • When the drainpipe terminates outside the building it can be installed in a fully visible location, such as at the front porch or along a common walkway.
  • In a recent column, you stated that the drainpipe for a water heater must terminate at the exterior of a building, even when the water heater is installed in a garage.
  • Kim carried on down the drainpipe and when she reached the end of the guttering, she glanced around to see if there was anyone in the surrounding streets.
1.1 (drainpipes or drainpipe trousers) Trousers with very narrow legs.
Example sentences
  • It could be that your drainpipe trousers weren't quite narrow enough, you didn't have the current cool brand of shoes or you hadn't bought the last big thing pop record.
  • I have on a pair of very tight drainpipe trousers, shirt and skinny tie, and a jacket whose thin lapels are partly hidden by a row of tiny badges featuring the names of punk bands.
  • I was still in grey flannel shorts, and I'd see all these wonderful-looking women and all these guys with sunglasses and drainpipe trousers.

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