Right as rain – Straight as rainfall

Right as rain – To be in good health.

This expression relies on a use of the word ‘right’ which is rarely used these days – this meaning being ‘straight’. The expression was originally used in the 19th century as synonymous with ‘as straight as an arrow’ (the movement or rain being nominally straight), as the meaning of the word ‘right’ changed the phrase followed along, even though it doesn’t technically make sense any more.

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