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EtymologyEdit

Attested as early as the early 18th century. The modern form of the expression first appeared in print around 1820.

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ProverbEdit

it never rains but it pours

  1. Unfortunate events occur in quantity.
    Synonym: misfortunes never come singly

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ReferencesEdit

  • Gregory Y. Titelman (1996) Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings, →ISBN, page 172