When it pours, it rains.

Status
Not open for further replies.

blacknomi

Key Member
Joined
Apr 21, 2004
Member Type
Student or Learner
When everything happens at one time.

Can it either be good or bad?
 

twostep

Senior Member
Joined
May 10, 2004
blacknomi said:
When everything happens at one time.

Can it either be good or bad?

I am not a teacher.

I have only encountered this phrase in a negative sense.
 

blacknomi

Key Member
Joined
Apr 21, 2004
Member Type
Student or Learner
I heard someone said 'I have 5 parties this week. When it rains, it pours.'

So I presume party is not his cup of tea. Right?
 

Casiopea

VIP Member
Joined
Sep 21, 2003
Member Type
Other
blacknomi said:
I heard someone said 'I have 5 parties this week. When it rains, it pours.'

So I presume party is not his cup of tea. Right?

Well, When it rains, it pours can have a positive meaning as well, like the one you mentioned. :D

Let's say I'm looking for a job, and it's been two months now that I can't seem to find a job, then, all of a sudden I get four phone calls from four companies asking me to interview with them. With a smile, I'd shout,

"When it rains, it pours!" :D

In other words, when something gets started, watch out, because it's going to hit full force. That's its nature. Just like rain, right?

All the best,
 
S

Susie Smith

Guest
Casiopea said:
blacknomi said:
I heard someone said 'I have 5 parties this week. When it rains, it pours.'

So I presume party is not his cup of tea. Right?

Well, When it rains, it pours can have a positive meaning as well, like the one you mentioned. :D

Let's say I'm looking for a job, and it's been two months now that I can't seem to find a job, then, all of a sudden I get four phone calls from four companies asking me to interview with them. With a smile, I'd shout,

"When it rains, it pours!" :D

In other words, when something gets started, watch out, because it's going to hit full force. That's its nature. Just like rain, right?

All the best,

That's right! Context is very important.
:wink:
 

blacknomi

Key Member
Joined
Apr 21, 2004
Member Type
Student or Learner
The luck hasn't been on me for ages. But I still buy 5 lottery tickets each week to see any dog chance. 5 minutes ago, I checked my first lotto, BINGO.
The second, WOW.
The third, BANG!
The fourth, Jesus!
The fifth, HOLYSH*T!

When it rains, it pours. Am i right? :)



It's a wishful thinking though. 8)
 

Francois

Senior Member
Joined
Jun 15, 2004
Cambridge dict said:
said when one bad thing happens, followed by a lot of other bad things, which make a bad situation worse
Applying the expression to positive situations would be some sort of extention then, right?

FRC
 

RonBee

Moderator
Joined
Feb 9, 2003
Member Type
Other
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
blacknomi said:
The luck hasn't been on me for ages. But I still buy 5 lottery tickets each week to see any dog chance. 5 minutes ago, I checked my first lotto, BINGO.
The second, WOW.
The third, BANG!
The fourth, Jesus!
The fifth, HOLYSH*T!

When it rains, it pours. Am i right? :)



It's a wishful thinking though. 8)

I would say that hitting it big on five lottery tickets in one week is wishful thinking indeed. (No need for the article (a).)

:wink:
 

MikeNewYork

VIP Member
Joined
Nov 13, 2002
Member Type
Academic
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
Casiopea said:
blacknomi said:
I heard someone said 'I have 5 parties this week. When it rains, it pours.'

So I presume party is not his cup of tea. Right?

Well, When it rains, it pours can have a positive meaning as well, like the one you mentioned. :D

Let's say I'm looking for a job, and it's been two months now that I can't seem to find a job, then, all of a sudden I get four phone calls from four companies asking me to interview with them. With a smile, I'd shout,

"When it rains, it pours!" :D

In other words, when something gets started, watch out, because it's going to hit full force. That's its nature. Just like rain, right?

All the best,

I agree with you. The expression is used more frequently for bad events, but the positive use is not rare. :wink:
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top