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Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Phrase of the Day 168: 'right as rain'

"right as rain"


definition: Completely correct, proper, sound and healthy.

example: 'On the witness stand she appeared to be right as rain, but suddenly she collapsed and had to be taken to hospital'

origin: The "R"'s in Right and Rain sound good together. This comes from the idea of rainwater being pure and wholesome (before the days of pollution and acid rain). The reference is to the value and goodness of rain which is critical to crops and farming.

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