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when it rains, it pours

when it rains, it pours English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Jan 28 2019

Themes: School, Time, Work

Quote

1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“I’m still trying to find a place to camp, and it started raining. When it rains, it pours.”

—Ebaby!’s Andy, speaking about having a difficult time

2. Video - Watch the video before learning the definition.

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

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when something happens, it happens in a big way; if there is a little of something, there will probably be a lot more

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Andy has been hiking for hours. Now, he wants to find a good place to put his camp and rest. But he isn’t finding a good location, and now, it is cold and rainy. He is having trouble because, of course, when it rains, it pours!

You can use this expression anytime you have too much to do or when you are having a bad day and nothing seems to work. It means that whenever there is a little of something stressful, there will usually be more stress soon. When was the last time you could say, “When it rains, it pours”? How do you stay calm during stress?

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Examples

1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“No one called me for days, and now my phone is ringing nonstop. When it rains, it pours!”

“Oh, man! When it rains, it pours! I have four tests this week!”

“When it rains, it pours! My schedule is so busy that I can’t think.”

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