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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rain-pour a heavy rainfall
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It never rains but it pours - 'It never rains but it pours' means that when things go wrong, they go very wrong.
When it rains, it pours - This idiom means that when things go wrong, a lot of things go wrong at the same time.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. regn, rén, rain; Dut. and Ger. regen, Ice. regn.


In literature:

It never rains but it pours!
"Veronica And Other Friends" by Johanna (Heusser) Spyri
It was pouring with rain.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
Then a warm rain came, pouring for a day and a night, and the ice and snow were swept away entirely.
"The Forest Runners" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Our party of five went out in quest of shelter, the night pervaded by "the blackness of darkness," and the rain pouring in torrents.
"The World As I Have Found It" by Mary L. Day Arms
The thunder and lightning ceased entirely and from the black skies the rain poured in amazing quantities.
"The Free Rangers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
On the day for my first lecture the rain poured down, and I felt sure of a failure.
"Memories and Anecdotes" by Kate Sanborn
It never rains but it pours, fellows.
"The Outdoor Chums After Big Game" by Captain Quincy Allen
Next morning they started on time in a pouring rain, stopping at a little wayside inn for breakfast at six.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
The rain now poured down in torrents, and De Poininges was fain to hasten with all possible expedition towards the porter's gate.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
And being helped on by the swift wind, showers of rain poured down without intermissions, filling all sides round.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Like a mass of clouds pouring torrents of rain, the Drona cloud rained shower on the Partha-mountain.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
There was a heavy rain-storm; it was pouring hard.
"The Last of the Peterkins" by Lucretia P. Hale
Once they sat up all night on a shelf of rock in a pouring rain.
"Stories of American Life and Adventure" by Edward Eggleston
At that moment the rain began to pour down heavily.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
The windows of heaven seem to have been opened, and the rain pours down as if it would never cease.
"Ancient Egypt" by George Rawlinson
Part of this trip was made by coach, always in the pouring rain.
"T. De Witt Talmage" by T. De Witt Talmage
When he woke up he saw that it was raining; and in that part of the world it really never does rain but it pours.
"Grey Roses" by Henry Harland
It had rained all day, a cold, steady pour, until the world outside had taken on the appearance of early March, instead of late May.
"The Little Colonel's House Party" by Annie Fellows Johnston
The rain was still pouring down.
"The Voyage of the Rattletrap" by Hayden Carruth
The Prussian batteries were pouring a rain of balls through their columns.
"Historical Tales, Vol 5 (of 15)" by Charles Morris

In poetry:

I love to bask in sunny fields,
And when that hope is vain,
I go and bask in Baker Street,
All in the pouring rain.
"The Oneness Of The Philosopher With Nature" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
The rain was pouring long and loud,
The sea was drear and dim;
A little fish was floating there:
Our Captain pitied him.
"Of The Dangers Attending Altruism On The High Seas." by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
When lo! the wind began to howl,
And the clouds began to frown,
And in the twinkling of an eye
The rain came pouring down.
"The Wreck of the 'Thomas Dryden' in Pentland Firth" by William Topaz McGonagall
He dressed and opened wide the door;
Then rushed where rain like torrents poured
The flashing lightning lit his way
As whirling winds with thunders roared.
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli
For his enemies, and then a bright
Lady that did but ope the door
Upon the storming night
To let a beggar in, -- strange spite, --
And then thy sulky rain refused to pour
"Individuality." by Sidney Lanier
THE rose said "Let but this long rain be past,
And I shall feel my sweetness in the sun
And pour its fullness into life at last."
But when the rain was done,
But when dawn sparkled through unclouded air,
She was not there.
"Not To Be" by Augusta Davies Webster

In news:

The Montreal Impact opened its new Stade Saputo on Monday, and the game drew a sellout crowd of more than 8,000 despite pouring rain.
The front was held up by post tropical storm Beryl which poured rain in southeast Va and the southern Delmarva.
People attending presidential candidate Mitt Romney's event at the Seagate Convention Center in Toledo stand in a long line outside of the center in the pouring rain.
Cold air is pouring into central North Carolina, with rain on the way for Wednesday.
Hikers make their way through the San Gorgonio Wilderness in a pouring rain.
There's that saying: When it rains, it pours.
Over 60 Goodland residents turned out Wednesday evening in pouring rain to show their support for keeping the community's post office .
Over 60 Goodland residents turned out Wednesday evening in pouring rain to show their support for keeping the community's post office.
Lacey's sweet, innocent comment inspired "Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey's Song)," the tune that helped propel Buddy to first place in TV's Nashville Star talent contest.
Pouring rain in the Valley.
Pushing Daisies It's that time of year again: the rain has started pouring.
It's that time of year again: the rain has started pouring.
I made a long trip in pouring rain and my gear was completely dry.
I made a long trip in pouring rain and my gear.
Many students had to walk to their finals in the pouring rain.

In science:

We can think once more that drops of rain pouring from every point of the lattice try to fall towards the up-right direction and that every time they reach a new vertex, they are deflected by the strongest umbrella that passes through that vertex (see Figure 1).
On the speed of Random Walks among Random Conductances