when it rains, it pours

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Definition of when it rains, it pours

US, informal
used to say that when something bad happens other bad things usually happen at the same time The team not only lost the game but three of its best players were injured. When it rains, it pours.

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“When it rains, it pours.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/when%20it%20rains%2C%20it%20pours. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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