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save (something) for a rainy day

 and put something aside for a rainy day; hold something back for a rainy day; keep something for a rainy day
Fig. to reserve something--usually money--for some future need. I've saved a little money for a rainy day. Keep some extra allowance for a rainy day.
See also: rainy, save

save (something) for a rainy day

to keep something, esp. money, for a time in the future when it might be needed It looks like people may be saving a little more for a rainy day.
Usage notes: sometimes used with verbs other than save: They made little effort to put anything aside for a rainy day. You're going to need that money for a rainy day.
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save (something) for a rainy day

to keep an amount of money for a time in the future when it might be needed She has a couple of thousand pounds kept aside which she's saving for a rainy day.
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rainy day, a

A time of need or trouble, as in We knew a rainy day would come sooner or later. This idiom is often used in the context of save for a rainy day, which means to put something aside for a future time of need. [Late 1500s]
See also: rainy

save for a rainy day

Provide contingency funds for when times are tough. There's no clear answer to when this expression began (some have traced it back to the 16th century), but it's clear that a “rainy day” is the symbol of gloom. The wise course, therefore, is to sock away funds to tide you over when times are tough.
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