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What does showered mean in this sentence?

Netflix was showered with Emmy nominations for Orange and House of Cards.

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What does your dictionary search show for the definition of "showered"? –  Kristina Lopez Jul 10 at 16:42
    
You remember that time netflix took a bath with that guy Emmy? –  user3306356 Jul 10 at 16:48
    
Hi @Hooman! I'm assuming you checked any available (online or paper) dictionaries and looked for the verb shower (checking dictionaries is pretty much a requirement here before posing a question). Which ones did you check, and was there a difficulty with any of the definitions you saw? –  Matt Gutting Jul 10 at 17:06
    
Wow! Three sarcastic comments and zero answer. Thanks guys! –  Hooman Jul 10 at 17:33
    
@Hooman: As I stated in my comment, I assumed you did look in a dictionary. That comment was meant to be entirely serious, not sarcastic. I realize you did look in a dictionary; but unless you let us know which ones you looked in, and what you found, and what's still puzzling you about the word, we can't help you very well - and we'd really like to. If you edit your question to let us know that information, we'll gladly give assistance. But we need to know what you've seen so far. –  Matt Gutting Jul 10 at 17:46

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Hooman,

The above comment are appropriate and only one of them is sarcastic in my opinion. Checking a dictionary before asking a question is just simply a good habit to get into. I have a pretty good recall of a fairly extensive vocabulary and I still constantly check things in a dictionary.

But in fairness to your question. Consider that a shower can consist of many drops of water and each drop is an Emmy nomination. In your example sentence, showered means to receive a large number of nominations. This usage of the word showered is metaphoric for sure and sometimes these can be confusing. They could have use a similar metaphor by saying a storm of nominations or even said 20 nominations. Of course the latter would be too easy, right?

Hope this helps and keep a dictionary close at hand. They're amazing books!

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I would take a close look at examples of idioms vs. metaphors. While they are similar, there are distinctions. You cannot normally take an idiom literally, but with many metaphors you can. Imagine all the nominations on pieces of paper showering the director or something like that. A key word for metaphor is imagination! –  Gdeal Jul 10 at 18:12
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Your answer is fine, though to a question that is more suited to ELL say. I'd like to address the strong implication you give that metaphors and idioms are disjoint, though. While the term 'idiom' is not well-defined (different senses are used by different linguists), most linguists would agree that there is overlap if not a subsuming. I advise the reading of the monumental 'Fixed Expressions and Idioms in English' by Rosamund Moon, which I hope is still accessible online. –  Edwin Ashworth Jul 10 at 19:17

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