it never rains but it pours

When something occurs it often does so to excess. For example, First Aunt Sue said she and Uncle Harry were coming for the weekend and then my sister and her children said they were coming too—it never rains but it pours. This expression may have come from either a book by Queen Anne's physician, John Arbuthnot, or an article by Jonathan Swift, both entitled It Cannot Rain But It Pours and both published in 1726.


Nearby words

  1. it,
  2. it ain't a fit night out for man or beast,
  3. it figures,
  4. it girl,
  5. it is a far, far better thing that i do, than i have ever done,
  6. it stands to reason,
  7. it takes a heap o' livin' in a house t' make it home,
  8. it takes a thief to catch a thief,
  9. it takes all sorts,
  10. it takes getting used to

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