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rainy day

noun
1.
a time of need or emergency:
saving money for a rainy day.
Origin of rainy day
1570-1580
1570-80
Related forms
rainy-day, adjective
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  • If she could only put aside a few dollars every week for the rainy day sure to come.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • "They ain't got to makin' calendars yet with the rainy day marked on 'em," he would say.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Well,” he said, “how did Kristy get through the rainy day that spoiled her picnic?

    Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic Olive Thorne Miller
  • She is full of exhortations to "lay by" for the rainy day, and seductive in her praises of the Penny Bank.

  • Some of us had been storing the official rations against the rainy day which we felt must come sooner or later.

  • Catherine's story of the rainy day in Wuthering Heights was written by her in childhood on "a 'red-hot' Methodist's tract."

    The Key to the Bront Works John Malham-Dembleby
  • The rainy day I paid out, I was never more miserable in my life than I was after two miles.

  • They formed from necessity those habits of saving every thing which, with many, later resulted in an abundance for the rainy day.

    History of Linn County Iowa Luther A. Brewer
  • She had thought it very possible he would come in—had indeed all the rainy day been vaguely expecting him.

  • And so she met current expenses, and laid by for the rainy day she saw coming, and mixed drugs with simples, and vice with virtue.

British Dictionary definitions for rainy day

rainy day

noun
1.
a future time of need, esp financial
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