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When it rains, it pours

  • When it rains, it pours is a proverb that is hundreds of years old. A proverb is a short, common saying or phrase that may be a famous quote, an inspirational quote, an epigram, or the topic of a parable. These common sayings are language tools or figures of speech that particularly give advice or share a universal truth, or impart wisdom. Synonyms for proverb include adage, aphorism, sayings, and byword, which can also be someone or something that is the best example of a group. Often, a proverb is so familiar that a speaker will only quote half of it, relying on the listener to supply the ending of the written or spoken proverb himself because these common phrases and popular sayings are so well known. Certain phrases may be a metaphor or a quotation; but if it is a proverb, it is often-used and has a figurative meaning. Speakers of English as a second language are sometimes confused by these pithy sayings as translations from English to other languages do not carry the impact that the English phrases carry. Some common proverbs are the wise sayings better late than never; early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise; an apple a day keeps the doctor away; don’t cry over spilt milk; actions speak louder than words; haste makes waste, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth; and a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. One of the books of the Bible is the Book of Proverbs, which contains words and phrases that are still often quoted in the English language because they are wise. Many current proverbs are quotations taken from literature, particularly Shakespeare, as well as the Bible and other sacred writings. We will examine the meaning of the proverb when it rains, it pours,, where the expression came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

     

    When it rains, it pours is a proverb that means when something doesn’t happen for a long time, it often happens all at once or in great quantities. Often, trouble is described with the proverb when it rains, it pours. For instance, a person’s car might break down, and then in close succession his washing machine and his refrigerator might break down; this is a situation in which one may say when it rains, it pours. However, a realtor may suddenly sell three houses in one week; this is also a situation in which one may say when it rains, it pours. The expression when it rains, it pours came into use in the mid-1700s and was popularized after the turn of the twentieth century when Morton’s salt popularized the phrase in its advertising campaigns.

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    Examples

    He’s introducing fans to a more humorous side with “When It Rains It Pours,” a more uptempo, lighthearted song that turns the old woe-is-me phrase on its ear with a savvy twist. (Taste of Country Magazine)

    When it rains it pours, especially for General Electric lately. (Barron’s Magazine)

    When it rains it pours, and right now it is positively torrential over at the Houston Texans HQ. (Sports Illustrated)


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