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a rainy day

A time or period of unforeseen difficulty, trouble, or need. I know you want to buy a new TV with your bonus, but you should really save that money for a rainy day. I put aside a portion of my wages each month for a rainy day.
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save (something) for a rainy day

To reserve something, especially money, for use in a time or period of unforeseen difficulty, trouble, or need. I know you want to buy a new TV with your bonus, but you should really save that money for a rainy day. I save a portion of my wages each month for a rainy day.
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keep (something) for a rainy day

To reserve something, especially money, for use in a time or period of unforeseen difficulty, trouble, or need. I know you want to buy a new TV with your Christmas bonus, but you should really keep it for a rainy day. I keep a portion of my wages in a savings account each month for a rainy day.
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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.
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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]
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save (something) for a rainy day

If you save for a rainy day or save money for a rainy day, you save some of your money in case there are emergencies or problems in the future. Saving for a rainy day and paying off debts is now a top priority for families. Job loss fears are forcing millions of consumers to save for a rainy day rather than borrow. Note: Verbs such as keep, put by and set aside are sometimes used instead of save. These people spent the money when they had it. They did not put it by for a rainy day!
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a rainy day

a possible time of need, usually financial need, in the future.
The expression may originate from the days when casual farm labourers needed to save a proportion of their wages ‘for a rainy day’, i.e. for occasions when bad weather might prevent them from working and earning money.
2002 New York Times Book Review The Russian walked out of K.G.B. headquarters with ‘insurance against a rainy day’—the K.G.B.'s file on its secret mole inside the F.B.I.
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save, keep, etc. it for a ˌrainy ˈday

(informal) save money or things for a time in the future when you might need them: ‘Don’t spend it all at once,’ his aunt said. ‘Save some of it for a rainy day.’
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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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I also live in one of the Rainier neighbourhoods, close to where I grew up, the son of a Japanese mother.
Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the Lower 48, with more than two dozen major glaciers, including ice as deep as 700 feet on Carbon Glacier.
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It's no wonder that in Japan, a single Rainier cherry can cost as much as $2 (one importer comes to Mark's orchard from outside Tokyo to personally choose and reserve specific lots for his clients).
With its corporate office in downtown Enumclaw and an Eastern Washington satellite office in Richland, Rainier View Construction & Roofing serves communities throughout the state of Washington, offering roofing, siding, windows, solar installations, additions, remodels and custom decking.
Vercuski, to Emil Sick, letter, 24 April 1946, Seattle Rainier Baseball Club Records Collection, Washington State Historical Society.
Rainier Pacific Insurance Services was acquired in late February as part of the bank's acquisition of Rainier Pacific Bank of Tacoma, Washington.
We have been working toward opening a location in the Rainier Valley for a number of years and finally found the right site," says chairman and chief executive officer George Bartell.
Fitzgerald first climbed Mount Rainier as a lung association fundraiser last year.
Takhoma: Ethnography Of Mount Rainier National Park is a scholarly compilation and record of the archaeological past and ethnographic study of Mount Rainier, also known as "Takhoma".
That means consumers can expect to see plenty of terrific fresh Bing, Rainier and other sweet cherry varieties during the next month.
Long before the Irish-American actress perished in a tragic car crash, her husband, Prince Rainier of Monaco, had found out about dalliances with a string of young Hollywood stars.
THE Duke of York joined heads of states and dignitaries from around the world as Prince Rainier III was celebrated at a funeral ceremony in Monaco's cathedral yesterday.
The Duke of York joined heads of state and dignitaries from around the world as the life of Prince Rainier III was celebrated at a funeral ceremony yesterday in Monaco's cathedral.
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