a rainy day

a rainy day

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 save it for a rainy day. I put aside a portion of my wages each month 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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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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References in classic literature ?
NOT long after Grandfather had told the story of his great chair, there chanced to be a rainy day.
When the old man died some years after I stepped into his place, and now of course I have top wages, and can lay by for a rainy day or a sunny day, as it may happen, and Nelly is as happy as a bird.
Find out some respectable woman with a little property--somebody in the landlady way, or lodging-letting way--and marry her, against a rainy day.
The whole story never happens on a rainy day because all the characters who make up the story action stay comfortably inside their storybook homes when it is rainy.
On a rainy day I like to stay home and watch television with my little brother and sister.
On a rainy day I like to play race cars with my brother Jacob.
Given the boom-and-bust nature of state finances, a case can be made that putting money into a rainy day fund is the most prudent course of action.
The Exec Committee wanted to save the revenues from increased ticket sales and merchandise into a rainy day fund -- a fund that would allow them to remain competitive if, and when the World Series revenue bounce disappeared (as of today, the Giants are 7.
Let state '0' represents that a day is a non-rainy day and state '1' represents the day is a rainy day in the rainy season of a year.
The measure, which imposes a cap on state spending growth based on the rate of inflation and population increases, is being promoted as a way to protect public services in the next economic slump by establishing a rainy day fund.
What wildlife would we be more likely to see on a rainy day than on a sunny day?
On a rainy day, I would first step outside with my rainbow umbrella (hoping a real rainbow will come out), and just run.
With a transfer of $235 million from the former tobacco settlement medical trust fund, recent legislation created a rainy day fund -- part B, accessible if the existing rainy day fund was depleted.
As you can see this is what I would do for a rainy day activity.
OREGON'S BUDGET CRISIS is the direct result of the lack of a rainy day fund and is indirectly due to past tax kickers.