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The meaning and origin of the expression: It never rains but it pours

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It never rains but it pours

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A proverbial phrase. The origin is unknown but the phrase itself was known by the early 18th century; for example, this item from a work by John Arbuthnot, 1726:

It cannot rain but it pours; or London strow'd with rarities.

See also: the List of Proverbs.