n. a conduit, usu. underground, for carrying off drainage water and sewage.
Phrases and idioms:
sewer rat the common brown rat.
Etymology: ME f. AF sever(e), ONF se(u)wiere channel to carry off the overflow from a fishpond, ult. f. L ex- out of + aqua water

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