1. Rain on my Parade
When somebody rains on your parade, it means that somebody is spoiling/ruining your plans. You can also rain on somebody else’s’ parade.
Examples of English Idioms ‘Rain on my/your parade’
- I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to rain on your parade, but I need you to stop having fun and help me with some work.
- I was having a great party but the neighbours came and rained on my parade. They said we couldn’t have a party on the weekends.
2. Take a Rain Check
To take a rain check, is to change a plan at the last minute.
Examples of English Idiom ‘Take a rain check’
- I know we have a table booked at the restaurant, but I really have to take a rain check, I’m not feeling very well and I can’t leave the house.
- (A: Do you want to go to dinner tonight? No, I can’t! Can I take a rain check?)
3. Come Rain or Shine
When you do something a lot, even if the weather is good or bad, you can say that you do it ‘come rain or shine’.
Examples of English Idiom ‘Come rain or shine’
- Jordi is such a committed athlete. He goes cycling everyday, come rain or shine.
- We are getting married on Tuesday, come rain or shine we cannot change the plans.
4. When it Rains, it Pours
Have you ever noticed that when one bad thing happens, lots of other bad things seem to happen at the same time? ‘When it rains, it pours’ is used to express this unfortunate truth.
Examples of English Idiom ‘when it rains it pours’
- I feel so bad for Johnny. He was running in the street when his puppy got hit by a car. Then, the same day, his Granddad had a heart attack – when it rains, it pours!
- I burnt my hand whilst cooking my breakfast this morning so I couldn’t use my hand properly. I think that’s why I fell off my bike on my way into work. When it rains, it pours!