Rain on someone’s parade
to do something that spoils someone's pleasure or plan
- I don't mean to rain on your parade, but it's all your fault.
Take a rain check
used to refuse an offer or invitation:
- I appreciate the invitation, but I'll have to take a rain check.
- Can I take a rain check on that drink?
Under the weather
to feel slightly ill:
- I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather this week.
Get wind of something
to hear about something secret or private:
- It hadn't taken long for the press to get wind of the story.
A bolt from the blue
When something important or unusual happens suddenly or unexpectedly, it is said to be “a bolt from the blue.”
- Today's events came like a bolt from the blue.
- For many, this decision came like a bolt from the blue.
- The declaration of war on France came like a bolt from the blue.
Rain or shine
no matter what the weather is:
- He goes for a long walk every morning, rain or shine.
- Don’t worry. We’ll be there – rain or shine.
a tempest in a teapot
a situation that people are upset or angry about it, but it is not very important:
- I think we are making a tempest in a teapot over this matter.
A rainy day
a possible future time of need or emergency:
- We need to save some money for a rainy day.
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