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drought /draʊt/
noun
a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall, leading to a shortage of water.
• [usually with modifier] a prolonged absence of something specified:
he ended a five-game hitting drought.
archaic thirst.

drought /draʊt/
noun
this year's drought was devastating to cotton growers: DRY SPELL, lack of rain, shortage of water.

ORIGIN
late Old English
drūgath ‘dryness’, of Germanic origin; compare with Dutch droogte; related to dry.

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grin /ɡrɪn/
verb (grins, grinning, grinned) [no object]
smile broadly, especially in an unrestrained manner and with the mouth open:
Dennis appeared, grinning cheerfully.
• express with a broad smile: [with direct speech] :
‘My word,’ grinned the delighted man | [with object] : she grinned her approval.
• grimace or appear to grimace grotesquely in a way that reveals the teeth: (as adjective grinning) :
a grinning skull.
noun
a broad smile:
“OK,” he said with a grin.
PHRASES
grin and bear it
suffer pain or misfortune in a stoical manner.

grin /ɡrɪn/
verb
Liam grinned at us: SMILE, smile broadly, beam, smile from ear to ear, grin like a Cheshire cat; smirk; informal be all smiles.
noun
a silly grin: SMILE, broad smile; smirk. ANTONYMS frown, scowl.

ORIGIN
Old English
grennian ‘bare the teeth in pain or anger’, of Germanic origin; probably related to groan.