One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Misfortunes or difficult situations tend to follow each other in rapid succession or to arrive all at the same time.
- ‘I never had an injury before in my life, but it's true what they say about injuries, it never rains but it pours.’
- ‘That was when Anderson was to learn that in Scotland it never rains but it pours.’
- ‘Farmers need little convincing at present of the truth of the saying that it never rains but it pours.’
- ‘In terms of troubles, however, it would appear that in shintyland it never rains but it pours.’
- ‘When this fact is added to the rule of thumb that it never rains but it pours and the received wisdom that bad news comes in threes, the omens point to a particularly uncomfortable trip when Edinburgh travel to Toulouse next weekend.’
- ‘You know what they say though - it never rains but it pours.’
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