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    rain on

    Please explain to me this expression:
    "Don't rain on other people's parade".
    I checked out the dictionary for the verb" rain on" because I thought it's a phrasel verb but I didn't find something pertinent.
    Thanks a lot.
    Sara

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    Re: rain on

    In the context of the sentence, "rain on" means to dampen/ruin/destroy.

    I'm not a teacher.

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    Re: rain on

    I am not a teacher, but what I gather is something like "don't kill other's joy"

    What's the worse thing that can happen during a parade? Rain.

    So, "Don't rain on other people's parade" might well mean "don't tread on others' toes", "don't steal others' happiness" and things like that.
    Last edited by Kraken; 26-Jun-2008 at 11:57. Reason: typo

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    Re: rain on

    I am a teacher, and the other two posts are correct. It means don't spoil my enjoyment.

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    Smile Re: rain on

    Hi,
    I keep a list of idioms and expressions as I hear them.
    Here's my notes related to this topic:


    Sorry, didn't mean to rain on your parade - didn't mean to spoil your plan. spoil your good time. wreck your fun. I didn't mean to wreck your day. spoil your day.
    Don't be a spoil sport. a party pooper.
    I donít want to step on your toes. Don't want to get in anyone's way. don't want to interfere with someone.
    I'm new at the company, and want to change how some things are done here, but I don't mean to tread on anyone's toes.
    I didn't mean to steal your thunder. - mention someone's side of a discussion before they've had a chance to themselves.
    crude: piss on your parade


    Good luck, hope this helps!
    Last edited by JessicaJones; 26-Jun-2008 at 23:26.

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    Re: rain on

    Thanks everyone for your clarifications.
    Thanks Jessica and welcome to the forum. I'm sure you will like it here.
    Enjoy your stay.

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    Re: rain on

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    Please explain to me this expression:
    "Don't rain on other people's parade".
    I checked out the dictionary for the verb" rain on" because I thought it's a phrasel verb but I didn't find something pertinent.
    Thanks a lot.
    Sara
    Hi, Sara88!
    Please go to:
    rain on somebody's parade - Wiktionary
    parade - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    I hope they will be helpful to you.

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    Re: rain on

    What have I done...
    I haven't noticed other responses...

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    Re: rain on

    It's ok tzfujimino!
    It will help me recognize easier this idiom.
    Thanks for the links, it shows that I'm somewhat lazy because I didn't check those dictionaries before posting the question. But honestly I usually use dictionary.cambridge.com, I like it.
    Sara

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