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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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RIME, v.2 To clear up, to empty; specif. of a choked passage such as a pipe or drain (Ork. 1929 Marw., Ork. 1968), hence rimer, an instrument for clearing a pipe, spout, etc. (Ork. 1968); intr. of the sky: to clear of snow- or rain-clouds (Id.).Marw.:
Hang on a bit till it rimes again.

[Norw. dial. ryma, røma, to empty, clear out, make room, O.N. ryma, id., to go away.]

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