Devil's beating his wife

Posted by Masakim on August 16, 2002

In Reply to: Devil's beating his wife posted by D. Cole on August 16, 2002

: I dunno. Maybe we could research this together.

devil is whipping his wife Said when it rains while the sun is shining; the rain is supposed to represent the tears of the devil's wife.
From _The Facts on File Dictionary of Regionalisms_ by Robert Hendrickson
See also:
Evan Morris, "In Brooklyn, we say 'Big Tony is workin' on his car'" (The Word Detective, July 29, 1999) at 072999.html#sunshower
Bert Vaux, "Sunshower summary" (Linguist, December 17,1998) at ~linguist/issues/9/9-1795.html