rainy day

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a time of need or emergency: saving money for a rainy day.
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Origin of rainy day

First recorded in 1570–80


rainy-day, adjective
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What is a rainy day?

Rainy day refers figuratively to a time of need or an emergency, as in Tomas was glad he saved for a rainy day when he lost his job unexpectedly.

Most often rainy day is used in reference to saving money for unexpected emergencies or needs, such as accidents, medical emergencies, or the loss of a job. People also save other things they might need in an emergency, such as nonperishable food. They might also keep items handy for an unexpected need, such as a small sewing kit in their luggage in case they need to sew up a small hole in their clothes while they’re traveling.

Example: Samira always saves her birthday money for a rainy day.

Where does rainy day come from?

The first records of rainy day meaning “time of need” come from around the 1570s.

Saving money for a rainy day is commonly seen as a good way to help avoid debt. While we can’t predict what emergencies might come up in the future, emergencies do happen to most people. Being able to set aside money, a little at a time, can help you pay the cost of those emergencies.

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How is rainy day used in real life?

Most people realize that it’s wise to save for a rainy day, but it’s not always easy to do!



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I really want these speakers, but I’ll save that money for a rainy day instead.

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British Dictionary definitions for rainy day

rainy day

a future time of need, esp financial
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