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Any listing or inventory of the best or most popular persons or things in a given category. Anthony's bookshelves are a veritable hit parade of classic literature.
parade of horribles
A series of many misdeeds or misfortunes. A: "Why did you leave your job?" B: "I can't even begin to talk about the parade of horribles that happened to me while I was working there." The recent news cycle has just been a parade of horribles, with one tragedy after the next.
rain on (one's) parade
To ruin one's plans or temper one's excitement. I hate to rain on your parade, but I think your A in chemistry was actually a clerical error. Mom really rained on our parade by chaperoning our school dance.
parade by (someone)
to march past someone in a parade or as if in a parade. The soldiers paraded by the commander in chief. Looking quite sharp, they paraded by.
See also: parade
parade (someone or an animal) out
to bring or march someone or an animal out in public. He parades his children out every Sunday as they go to church. He paraded out all his children.
parade someone or something in front of someone or something
to exhibit someone or something in front of someone or something, as if in a parade. One by one, the teacher paraded the honor students in front of the parents. The sheriff paraded the suspects in front of the camera. The sheriff paraded the suspects in front of the victim.
rain on someone's paradeand rain on someone or something
Fig. to spoil something for someone. I hate to rain on your parade, but your plans are all wrong. She really rained on our plans.
A listing of the most popular or best items or individuals of some kind, as in The library has a veritable hit parade of videos. This expression dates from the 1930s, when it was the name of a weekly radio show featuring the most popular songs as indicated by record sales.
rain on one's parade
Spoil one's plans, as in The minority party in the legislature has tried hard to rain on the speaker's parade, but so far his agenda has prevailed . This expression conjures up the image of a downpour ruining a celebration such as a parade. [c. 1900]
rain on someone's paradeJOURNALISM
If someone rains on your parade, they do something which spoils your plans or spoils an event that you hoped to enjoy. To make sure that all goes according to plan and no one rains on his parade, the president's safari will stay clear of trouble spots. It's irritating that he could rain on my parade by stealing the record before me.
rain on somone's paradeprevent someone from enjoying an occasion or event; spoil someone's plans. informal, chiefly North American
ˌrain on somebody’s ˈparade(American English) spoil something for somebody: Drugs again rained on the Olympics’ parade as another athlete tested positive for an illegal substance.
rain on someone’s paradeand rain on someone/something
in. to spoil something for someone. I hate to rain on your parade, but your plans are all wrong.