Posted by ESC on November 25, 2000
In Reply to: Right as Rain posted by ESC on November 24, 2000
: : could you help with the meaning and origin of this phrase ??
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RIGHT AS RAIN - "Definitely correct; just the way it should be. It could just as well be 'right as clouds' or any number of other things, but 'rain' it is, doubtless because of the allure of alliteration. The expression has had neavy work since the late 19th century, but an example from 1909 (in Max Beerbohm's 'Yet Again') has the virtue of offerin two cliches in one sentence: 'He looked.'fit as a fiddle', or 'right as rain'.'" From "The Dictionary of Cliches" by James Rogers (Ballantine Books, New York, 1985).
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