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don't rain on (one's) parade
Don't ruin one's plans or temper one's excitement. He's all happy because he thinks he got the job on his own merit. Don't rain on his parade by telling him you called in a favor. Mom, please don't rain on our parade by chaperoning the school dance.
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.
1. To walk, march, or pass by (someone or something) in a showy, ostentatious fashion, typically to flaunt something or gain others' attention. He kept parading by my desk trying to get me to notice his brand new Rolex watch. Ugh, I hate the way they parade by our school like that after they win a football game.
2. To flaunt or exhibit someone or something in a showy, ostentatious fashion in front of someone else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "parade" and "by." My dad always tried to parade me by his boss when I went to work with him. I guess he wanted to show he was a family man.
parade in front of (someone or something)
1. To walk, march, or pass by someone or something in a showy, ostentatious fashion, typically to flaunt something or gain others' attention. He kept parading in front of my desk trying to get me to notice his brand new Rolex watch. Ugh, I hate the way they parade in front of our school like that after they win a football game.
2. To flaunt or exhibit someone or something in a showy, ostentatious fashion in front of someone else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "parade" and "in." My dad always tried to parade me in front of his boss when I went to work with him. I guess he wanted to show he was a family man.
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.
To flaunt or exhibit someone or something in a showy, ostentatious fashion in public. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "parade" and "out." She loves parading out her expensive sports car whenever she gets a chance. I wish the principal wouldn't parade us out like this. We got high scores on our tests, for crying out loud—it's not like we cured cancer or anything.
rain on (one's) parade
To ruin one's plans or dampen 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.
the parade passed (one) by
One has not experienced the full opportunities or joys that life might have offered. I've never lived anywhere other than this town—I haven't even traveled outside of the state! I just feel like I'm at the end of my life, and the parade has passed me by. Do you feel like the parade passed you by? Well now is your chance to find adventure, with our senior exchange trip program!
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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.
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.
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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]
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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.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
rain on somone's paradeprevent someone from enjoying an occasion or event; spoil someone's plans. informal, chiefly North American
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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.
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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.
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A listing of the most popular individuals or items of some kind, in order of rank. The term dates from the 1930s when it was the name of a weekly radio show playing the most popular songs as indicated by record sales. It was later extended to other circumstances, as in “That math professor is number one on the students’ hit parade.” A more recent locution is the Top 40, similarly rating songs on the basis of their sales.
rain on someone's parade, to
To spoil someone’s plans or celebration. This term, which calls up a vivid image of a downpour spoiling elaborate floats and dampening spirits, has been around since about 1900. Sheila Rule, reporting on a plan to replace Britain’s House of Lords with an elected second chamber, wrote, “But the opposition Labor Party, which has long sought to rain on the Lords’ political parade, is once again aiming at those men and women” (New York Times, 1990).
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