One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Prevent someone from enjoying an event; spoil someone's plans.
- ‘I didn't want to rain on his parade, so I kept my mouth shut about my frustrated dream of becoming a marine biologist.’
- ‘The space agency is anxiously awaiting its first manned flight in two and a half years, but will weather rain on NASA's parade?’
- ‘Well, Dawnie, I don't want to rain on your parade, but isn't it kind of a lot at once?’
- ‘We're not raining on your parade just because it's illegal; it's also dangerous for your computer.’
- ‘Unfortunately several things can go wrong to rain on your parade.’
- ‘I hate to rain on your parade, Sadie, but have you thought about the fact that maybe you just want him because you can't have him now?’
- ‘‘You look like someone just rained on your parade,’ Bianca said, hugging me.’
- ‘I hate to rain on your parade, but I don't think your analysis of the red cell photos in your July 22 commentary is correct.’
- ‘Your guesswork is wrong, and I don't mean to rain on your parade, but it is.’
- ‘You just seemed so enthusiastic about the whole thing, and I didn't want to rain on your parade.’
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