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hit parade

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.
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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.
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rain on (one's) parade

To ruin one's plans or temper 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.
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parade by

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.
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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.
See also: front, of, parade

parade out

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.
See also: out, parade

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.
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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.
See also: out, parade

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.
See also: front, of, parade

rain on someone's parade

 and 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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hit parade

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.
See also: hit, parade

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 parade

JOURNALISM
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.
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rain on somone's parade

prevent 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 parade

and 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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hit parade

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.
See also: hit, parade

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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Once inside, paper plates are filled with porridge, salt fish, and bagels; hot coffee and cold water fortify paraders and spectators alike for the midday march to the parade grounds.
While hundreds of people will be taking part in the popular parade, even more will be turning out to watch as paraders move to the sound of the samba.
The paraders set off through the main street down Abergele Road, to the clock tower before turning into the shopping centre and up the one way system to the delight of onlookers.
During New Orleans' Mardi Gras Parades, the paraders throw mementos to the people on the street--the onlookers.
Every October, Galembo watches the paraders on Sixth Avenue in New York and keeps an eye out for the latest Halloween trends ("Michael Jackson and zombies last year," she notes).
When the paraders get to Central Park, the veterans, police and firefighters will form two columns, which the four representatives will march through to the flag raising ceremony, McNally said.
But by the 1970s, it was carnival La Vega style, with its competing groups of colorfully garbed paraders known as compatio.s, that began to attract increasing attention for the creativity and quality of costumes and masks.
Several threads of paraders are converging on the plaza as we arrive, each marcher clutching a glowing paper lantern, so it looks like giant luminescent caterpillars are floating into place.
We need to constantly remind ourselves, in this image-filtered world, that not all Muslims are gun-toting terrorists; not all gay people are promiscuous pride paraders; not all Christians in the U.S.
To don the earthy coating, paraders jump into a gurgling pool of mud.
I nearly memorized George Barker's Noctambules, a now-forgotten poem that began, thrillingly in that era of persecution of homosexuals and near-blackout of gay writing, with the unforgettable words: "The gay paraders of the esplanade, the wanderers in time's shade ..." I already knew what he was talking about there, for most of my sexual experiences had been, necessarily, pickups in the dark.
Redmon gained remarkably free access to laborers (mostly young femmes) in Fuzhou factory where 12- and 14-hour days are devoted to manufacturing beads and other items bestowed by paraders as favors during N.O.
The arrested paraders who lost employment requested their unions' involvement.
Control of the streets for such events might literally depend on the threat of coercion, and many warlike trappings were likewise used by paraders. These factors, together with the concept that a "loyal opposition" was considered illegitimate by many - including the less-than-brilliant Washington - renders this marital aspect a factor of major significance in the Federalist "age of terror." (p.