it never rains but it pours

it never rains but it pours

When something good or bad happens, similarly good or bad things tend to follow. After months of looking for a job, I suddenly have three job interviews this week. It never rains but it pours. Everyone in my house is sick right now because it never rains but it pours.
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It never rains but it pours.

Prov. Good (or bad) things do not just happen a few at a time, but in large numbers all at once. Fred: I can't believe this. This morning I had a flat tire. When I went to the garage to get the tire patched, I discovered I didn't have any money, and I couldn't even charge it because my credit card's expired. Jane: It never rains but it pours.
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it never rains but it pours

When something occurs it often does so to excess. For example, First Aunt Sue said she and Uncle Harry were coming for the weekend and then my sister and her children said they were coming too-it never rains but it pours . This expression may have come from either a book by Queen Anne's physician, John Arbuthnot, or an article by Jonathan Swift, both entitled It Cannot Rain But It Pours and both published in 1726.
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it never rains but it pours

People say it never rains but it pours to mean that when one bad thing happens, other bad things often happen too and make the situation worse. It was an interesting year — Danny lost his job, I was off sick for three months and Josh broke his leg. It never rains but it pours, as they say!
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it never rains but it pours

misfortunes or difficult situations tend to follow each other in rapid succession or to arrive all at the same time.
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it never ˌrains but it ˈpours

(British English) (American English when it ˌrains, it ˈpours) (saying) when one thing goes wrong, so do others: It never rains but it pours! First I found that the car had been stolen and then I lost the keys to my office.
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References in classic literature ?
and how glad and grateful I am it ain't no worse; for luck's against us, and it never rains but it pours, and when I see that truck I thought we'd lost you, for I knowed by the color and all it was just like your brains would be if -- Dear, dear, whyd'nt you TELL me that was what you'd been down there for, I wouldn't a cared.