Is it idiomatic to say something like:

She was screaming in showers

I googled around for examples and couldn't find any but as long as the meaning is clear, it's good enough.

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    It's not idiomatic in British English. I don't know about other parts of the world. If I saw/heard that phrase I could probably guess the intended meaning, but I wouldn't be certain. – LukeH Nov 17 '15 at 10:19
  • Things can perhaps come down in showers, but one screams at the top of their lungs. – A.P. Nov 17 '15 at 10:19
  • The meaning is clear. Standard garden-variety metaphor. – JEL Nov 17 '15 at 10:26
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    Though not a particularly good metaphor. – Hot Licks Nov 17 '15 at 14:16
  • Screaming in showers? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psycho_%281960_film%29#The_shower_scene – LukeH Nov 17 '15 at 15:23

Shower with the meaning you are suggesting, can be used in expressions like:

  • A fall of a group of objects, especially from the sky: a meteor shower; a shower of leaves.
  • An abundant flow; an outpouring: a shower of praise. (AHD)
  • "a shower of screams" would be understood but it is not a common idiomatic expressions. Large quantity applied to 'screaming' would normally be conveyed with expressions like 'at the top of one's voice' and 'for hours'.

Definitely not idiomatic. But just wait because you never know when a pop-singer will use it in a hit single. Then all the kids will be using it.


It indeed is not idiomatic.

Depending on context, you might want to consider any of the following expressions:

yell one's head off and yell one's guts out

: Fig. to yell loud and long. I was yelling my head off at the football game. Stop yelling your guts out and listen to me. The Free Dictionary

wail like a banshee

: scream shrilly, as in Terrified, she wailed like a banshee. In Irish folklore, a banshee is a spirit in the form of a wailing woman whose appearance is an omen that one member of a family will die. The simile dates from the late 1800s. AHD

[scream/yell] like mad/crazy

like crazy: Informal to an exceeding degree AHD

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