when it rains, it pours


when it rains, it pours
also, it never rains but it pours

Meaning | Synonyms

  • to have a good or bad news enlarged by circumstances
  • something good or bad occurring multiple times within a short span of time
  • it is used when several issues come together

Example Sentences

  1. The restaurant owners had the best of everything at one point. But you know what they say, when it rains, it pours. Today they are left with absolutely nothing.
  2. Sid wanted to get rid of his debts and worked really hard at his job. And as they say, when it rains, it pours. He has been given a great travel opportunity which will pay him enough to take care of everything.
  3. I completely understand that when it rains, it pours. That is the reason why I save as much of my salary every month as possible.
  4. She thought it was just something minor and did not go to a doctor. But you know what? When it rains, it pours. She should have got it checked much earlier.
  5. My team has several new trainees and we now have a new project to manage. Oh boy! When it rains, it really does pour!
  6. Yesterday, we had almost no customer, but today, it’s getting too hard to handle all, really it never rains but it pours.
  7. I wonder about the Jack Hoffman, he remained so poor his entire life before he discovered the business of gold mining, it never rains but it pours.


The proverb belongs to the unpredictable rainy weather although the exact region of origin could not be traced. It has been used in a song by the artist 50 cents, since then this expression gained significant popularity in modern world.

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Something to think about, this saying appeared in an 1855 publication, “The American Cotton Planter”, long before Morton Salt used it in 1911.

‒ Anonymous May 17, 2021

From my research of “When it rains, it pours”, the original saying was, “It never rains, but it pours.” As two of the three earlier comments stated, the more familiar former of the two was coined by the Morton Salt Company to advertise its new free-flowing table salt.

‒ David November 24, 2020

The phrase originated as a slogan for the Morton salt company.

‒ Anonymous May 5, 2020

This saying was also used in Eminem’s song “Going Through Changes”

‒ Eminem Fan April 28, 2018

Re “When it rains. . .”

50-cent (“fittysen”) wasn’t even born when Morton first used that on their salt containers to point out humidity didn’t affect the salt’s performance. And Morton only used it because it was already a common expression that consumers would catch onto right away.

‒ Weequahic February 13, 2018

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