Visual Vocabulary - Don't Rain on My Parade

source: EnglishAnyone    2016年9月22日
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Today’s expression is “Don’t rain on my parade.” This is a very common idiom used when you’re in a happy or positive mood, but someone gives you unfortunate news that makes you feel bad, sad or frustrated, usually because it negatively affects your plans.
A parade is a fun and exciting event where people of all ages gather to watch a stream of things like people or vehicles traveling down local streets.
Parades typically happen in good weather, and can be for things like important holidays, sports victories and school celebrations.
The worst thing that can happen during a parade is rain, so when someone tells you not to rain on their parade, they’re saying that they don’t want you to say anything that might change their mood or plans.
Of course, in these situations, you can say something you might find in a textbook like “Pleas don’t say anything that might make me feel sad, angry or disappointed.” But you’ll sound much more native and natural if you just say “Don’t rain on my parade.”

# “Don’t rain on my parade” can be used in both professional and casual situations:
A: We were able to get chairs for the party, but they don’t have any legs!
B: Don’t rain on my parade!

A: I hate to rain on your parade, but the elevator is being fixed right now. So, you’ll have to walk up to the 90th floor.
B: Why does this always happen when I come into work?!

A: If you tell her that she can’t have her wedding at her favorite church on her birthday, you’ll really rain on her parade.
B: Well, it is available, but only in the middle of the night.

A: Not to rain on your parade, but it looks like the merger of the two companies won’t happen this year.
B: But we’ve been working on that deal for nearly a year!

A: Do you want to know what happens at the end???
B: No! Don’t rain on my parade by spoiling the plot of the movie!

A: I’ve never had a visit from the boss in my office before. Am I getting fired?
B: I’m definitely not here to rain on your parade. You’re actually getting a promotion!