Raining and pouring

When it rains it pours! pic: http://www.soundcloud.com

When it rains it pours is a proverb that is used to express that something that didn’t happen for a long time all of a sudden happens in excess.  Generally the “thing” is something negative, undesirable, or annoying which one felt happy to have escaped for a long time and then – all of a sudden – a whole lot of negative things happen all at the same time.

This idiom can be used in personal and business conversation.  It is without negative or questionable connotation.  Here are some usage examples:

“We got all the way through December without the flu but now all the kids have gotten it at once.  When it rains it pours.”

Sales person: “The store was super-quite for two hours, only two customers in total and now then ten came at once.  When it rains it pours.”

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