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    "raining flowers"! What does that mean?

    Dear teachers,

    I encountered a phrase recently - "raining flowers".

    Does that mean something impossible?

    Thank you very much!
    Cheers!

    Tom


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    Re: "raining flowers"! What does that mean?

    It is likely a hyperbole or metaphor, but the context would be necessary to say for certain.

    "It's raining flowers" could mean that flowers are falling from the sky like rain. On a windy day in spring, I stand under an apple tree. All the apple blossoms are falling down around me. I laugh and say to my friend, "Oh, look! It's raining flowers!"

    It could also mean that so many flowers are appearing out of (seeming) nowhere in a short space of time that they are as abundant as raindrops in a rainstorm. If a secret admirer begins to send me many flowers several times a day so that I am overwhelmed by the continuous appearance of new flowers, I might say that it is raining flowers. There's a song where a woman sings that "it's raining men" to describe a situation where she discovers an abundance of available men. More men keep appearing out of nowhere the way that rain falls out of the sky. In both cases (the rain and the men), there's a lot of it, and we don't see where it comes from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nonsense View Post
    It is likely a hyperbole or metaphor, but the context would be necessary to say for certain.

    "It's raining flowers" could mean that flowers are falling from the sky like rain. On a windy day in spring, I stand under an apple tree. All the apple blossoms are falling down around me. I laugh and say to my friend, "Oh, look! It's raining flowers!"

    It could also mean that so many flowers are appearing out of (seeming) nowhere in a short space of time that they are as abundant as raindrops in a rainstorm. If a secret admirer begins to send me many flowers several times a day so that I am overwhelmed by the continuous appearance of new flowers, I might say that it is raining flowers. There's a song where a woman sings that "it's raining men" to describe a situation where she discovers an abundance of available men. More men keep appearing out of nowhere the way that rain falls out of the sky. In both cases (the rain and the men), there's a lot of it, and we don't see where it comes from.
    Dear N, thank you very much for the very interesting and detailed explanations! Actually I was trying to describe what an agency was talking to their clients, sometimes an agency talked big or boasted, can that be: an agency is telling their clients about raining flowers?


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    Re: "raining flowers"! What does that mean?

    Try flying pigs.

    Or they might say, "At our agency, it just rains money" meaning the money is as easy to get and abundant as the rain. They could also say, "At our agency, the money grows on trees" to similar effect.

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