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Idioms with the word "rain"

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It is a gloomy day today so I decided to revise some idioms connected with it.

It never rains but it pours!

Prov. Good (or bad) things do not just happen a few at a time, but in large numbers all at once. Fred: I can't believe this.

e.g. First of all it was the car breaking down, then the fire in the kitchen and now Mike's accident. It never rains but it pours!

rain pitchforks

To rain very hard and heavy.

e.g. Every time I go out to rake leaves, it rains pitchforks.

To be raining in great amounts

e.g. It was raining cats and dogs by the time I got home.

right as rain

In good order or good health, satisfactory.

e.g. He was very ill, but he's right as rain now, or If she'd only worked on it another week everything would have beenas right as rain.

The allusion in this simile is unclear, but it originated in Britain, where rainy weather is a normal fact of life, and indeed W.L. Phelps wrote, "The expression 'right as rain' must have been invented by an Englishman." It was first recorded in 1894.

rain on someone’s parade

To spoil something for someone.

e.g. I hate to rain on your parade, but your plans are all wrong.

rain or shine

No matter whether it rains or the sun shines. (See also come rain or shine.)

e.g. Don't worry. I'll be there rain or shine. We'll hold the picnic — rain or shine.

Let the Rain Settle It

Do not expect to be paid for this. (A humorous answer to a question like, "Who is going to pay for this?")

e.g. Tom: Who's going to pay me all that money youowe? Mary: Charge it to the dust and let the rain settle it!

rain check (on something)

A promise that an unaccepted offer will be renewed in the future. This term comes from baseball, where in the 1880s it became the practice to offer paying spectators a rain check entitling them to future admission for a game that was postponed or ended early owing to bad weather. By the early 1900s the term was transferred to tickets for other kinds of entertainment, and later to a coupon entitling a customer to buy, at a later date and at the same price, a sale item temporarily out of stock.

e.g. I can't come to dinner Tuesday but hope you'll give me a rain check.

not know enough to come in out of the rain

Fig. to be very stupid.

e.g. Bob is so stupid he doesn't know enough to come in out of the rain. You can't expect very much from somebody who doesn't know enoughto come in out of the rain.

rain something out

[for the weather] to spoil something by raining.

e.g. Oh, the weather looks awful. I hope it doesn't rain the picnic out. It's starting to sprinkle now. Do you think it willrain out the ball game?

Used site http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/rain

10.08.2015 17:34

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