rainmaker


rainmaker

noun

  1. (among American Indians) a medicine man who by various rituals and incantations seeks to cause rain.
  2. a person who induces rainfall by using various scientific techniques, as the seeding of clouds with silver iodide crystals from an airplane.
  3. Slang. an executive or lawyer with exceptional ability to attract clients, use political connections, increase profits, etc.: The president has several rainmakers among his advisers.

noun

  1. (among Native Americans) a professional practitioner of ritual incantations or other actions intended to cause rain to fall
  2. informal, mainly US an influential employee who creates a great deal of business or revenue for his or her firm
n.

also rain-maker, 1775, in reference to American Indian tribal magicians, from rain (n.) + agent noun of make (v.).

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