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rainy day

noun
1.
a time of need or emergency:
saving money for a rainy day.
Origin of rainy day
1570-1580
First recorded in 1570-80
Related forms
rainy-day, adjective
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Examples from the Web for rainy day
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  • "They ain't got to makin' calendars yet with the rainy day marked on 'em," he would say.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Well,” he said, “how did Kristy get through the rainy day that spoiled her picnic?

    Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic Olive Thorne Miller
  • But as all have big salaries, all prepare for the rainy day.

  • If she could only put aside a few dollars every week for the rainy day sure to come.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • I was taking advantage of the rainy day to arrange my trunks a bit.

    Small Souls Louis Couperus
  • She had thought it very possible he would come in—had indeed all the rainy day been vaguely expecting him.

  • She is full of exhortations to "lay by" for the rainy day, and seductive in her praises of the Penny Bank.

  • Tell this to the Duke; he knows how I managed to keep the hen till the rainy day was past.

  • Catherine's story of the rainy day in Wuthering Heights was written by her in childhood on "a 'red-hot' Methodist's tract."

    The Key to the Bront Works John Malham-Dembleby
  • They formed from necessity those habits of saving every thing which, with many, later resulted in an abundance for the rainy day.

    History of Linn County Iowa Luther A. Brewer
British Dictionary definitions for rainy day

rainy day

noun
1.
a future time of need, esp financial
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