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Definitions of gutter

  1. burn unsteadily, feebly, or low; flicker; " The cooling lava continued to gutter toward lower ground"
  2. a channel along the eaves or on the roof; collects and carries away rainwater
  3. provide with gutters, of buildings
  4. wear or cut gutters into; " The heavy rain guttered the soil"
  5. flow in small streams; " Tears guttered down her face"
  6. a tool for gutting fish
  7. a worker who guts things ( fish or buildings or cars etc.)
  8. misfortune resulting in lost effort or money; " his career was in the gutter"; " all that work went down the sewer"; " pensions are in the toilet"
  9. provide with gutters; " gutter the buildings"
  10. A channel at the eaves of a roof for conveying away the rain; an eaves channel; an eaves trough.
  11. A small channel at the roadside or elsewhere, to lead off surface water.
  12. Any narrow channel or groove; as, a gutter formed by erosion in the vent of a gun from repeated firing.
  13. To cut or form into small longitudinal hollows; to channel.
  14. To supply with a gutter or gutters.
  15. To become channeled, as a candle when the flame flares in the wind.
  16. A channel for carrying away water.
  17. To cut into small channels; furnish with narrow channels for carrying off water.
  18. To divide into channels.
  19. A channel at the eaves of a roof for conveying away the drops: a channel for water.
  20. To cut or form into small hollows.
  21. To become hollowed: to run down in drops, as a candle.
  22. Channel for water; groove.
  23. To make gutters in.
  24. To form a channel in; become channeled.
  25. A channel to carry off rain water, as along the eaves of a house or at the side of a road; a trench; trough.
  26. A channel for conveying away water.
  27. To cut into small hollows.
  28. To be hollowed or channelled; to run in drops, as a candle.
  29. A channel or hollow for conveying water; any hollow piece of wood or metal for conveying waste water.
  30. To form into small hollows or channels.
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Quotes of gutter

  1. I despise people who go to the gutter on either the right or the left and hurl rocks at those in the center. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
  2. I hesitate to get into the gutter with this guy. – Chet Huntley
  3. I had to dance topless for two years to make cash to pay my bills and save some money. But it was very enlightening, by the way. I'm talking about light from the gutter – Susan Powter
  4. Journalists belong in the gutter because that is where the ruling classes throw their guilty secrets. – Gerald Priestland
  5. I don't believe in gutter politics. I don't believe in gutter journalism. – Maria Shriver
  6. When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter – Logan P. Smith
  7. Maybe I'll be 48 and die in the gutter in Paris. – Patti Smith
  8. A drunkard in the gutter is just where he ought to be, according to the fitness and tendency of things. Nature has set upon him the process of decline and dissolution by which she removes things which have survived their usefulness. – William Graham Sumner

Usage examples for gutter

  1. Stooping, he ladled up in his cupped hand a quantity of gutter filth. – The Unspeakable Perk by Samuel Hopkins Adams
  2. The sky overhead was wonderfully soft and blue; the air was filled with sunlight, fragrant with the perfume of barrows of lilac drawn up in the gutter – An Amiable Charlatan by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  3. " Good nerve," said the Gutter Pup. – The Varmint by Owen Johnson F. R. Gruger
  4. Grace helped them out, and they ran along the gutter to the last house without saying " Thank you." – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  5. Oh, it's a fine life, the life of the gutter – Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  6. He had nearly reached his objective point when he met upon the street a young white lady, whom he did not know, and for whom, the path being narrow at that point, he stepped out into the gutter – The House Behind the Cedars by Charles W. Chesnutt
  7. Children run over daily because they have no playground but the gutter – Editorials-from-the-Hearst-Newspapers by Brisbane, Arthur
  8. He had a short rope ladder fixed from the gutter – The Quest of the Sacred Slipper by Sax Rohmer
  9. You see how much he wants it for himself, said I. He knows I would sooner send a gutter boy than Max. – The King's Mirror by Anthony Hope
  10. The results are in no case of great importance, but the opportunities to the Secretary of learning men and things, intrigue and policy, the Court and the gutter were invaluable. – Machiavelli, Volume I The Art of War; and The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
  11. But the golden flood of money he commanded could not wash out certain gutter marks in his speech, person, and manner. – Garrison's Finish A Romance of the Race-Course by W. B. M. Ferguson
  12. I noticed just in front of me one large bunch which had slipped off a neighbouring mound and was almost bathing in the gutter – The Fat and the Thin by Emile Zola
  13. He gathered his strength together, shut his eyes, and made a vigorous spring: one hand caught a firm gripe, and, after a sharp struggle, the other gained it; then he drew himself slowly up, and lay down in the gutter of the roof to gather breath and look about him. – Bred in the Bone by James Payn
  14. But by- and- by I came to like the gutter and here I am. – The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont by Robert Barr
  15. No one goes into the gutter while there is a clean path open. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  16. I am going to have money, if I fish it out of the gutter to take him away to some clean, far- off place. – A Man's Hearth by Eleanor M. Ingram
  17. What wonder that the decent clothes to which they looked forward turned out to be the uniform of the organization which had picked them up from the gutter – The Social Work of the Salvation Army by Edwin Gifford Lamb
  18. I've worked ten to twelve hours a day since I was thirteen, and paid my way all through; and now am I to be thrown into the gutter and my job given to a young man that can do it no better than me because I've black hair that goes white at the first change? – Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw
  19. " Come across and have a look at the place," said George Cannon, suddenly stepping down into the gutter with a look first in one direction and then in the other for threatening traffic. – Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett

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