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gully (n.)

"channel in earth made by running water," 1650s, possibly a variant of Middle English golet "water channel" (see gullet). Gully-washer, American English colloquial for "heavy rainstorm," attested by 1887.

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Definitions of gully from WordNet

gully (n.)
deep ditch cut by running water (especially after a prolonged downpour);
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