Vocabulary Thursdays (with Joanna): Expressions with ‘rain’

It is said that April showers bring May flowers, so let’s practice some expressions with rain.

It's raining cats and dogs

it’s raining cats and dogs = it’s raining very heavily

to be rained in = to have to do something inside instead of outside because of bad weather

rain or shine = something is happening regardless of the situation (typically weather)

rain date = an alternate event date in case the weather is bad

rain on one’s parade = to spoil one’s plans, excitement, or pleasure

to take rain check = to not be able to accept an offer or invitation now, but to be able to do so in the future

to save for a rainy day = to save something (typically money) for a time when you may need it unexpectedly

Joanna Rodzen-Hickey

Joanna Rodzen-Hickey has been an ESL teacher and consultant for nearly 20 years. She has taught English at numerous universities and community colleges in New Jersey and currently teaches at the Hackettstown High School in Hackettstown, NJ.

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