when it rains, it pours

Definition of when it rains, it pours

US, informal

  1. —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.

Word by Word Definitions

rainplay rains
  1. :  water falling in drops condensed from vapor in the atmosphere

    :  the descent of this water

    :  water that has fallen as rain :  rainwater

  1. :  to send down rain

    :  to fall as water in drops from the clouds

    :  to fall like rain

pourplay pours
  1. :  to cause to flow in a stream

    :  to dispense from a container

    :  to supply or produce freely or copiously

  1. :  the action of pouring :  stream

    :  an instance of pouring or an amount poured

    :  a heavy fall of rain :  downpour


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