from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The process of producing or attempting to produce rain, as by magic.
  • noun Informal Cloud seeding.
  • noun Informal The process of achieving excellent results in a profession or field, such as politics.

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  • noun The attempted artificial production of rain, either by use of magic or by seeding clouds
  • noun US, informal Hiring someone who creates business opportunities or revenue.

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  • noun activity intended to produce rain


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  • But financing remains a powerful lure, and while there may always be a role for the rainmaking CEO-level banker, a degree of commoditization has infiltrated the dealmaking process.

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