Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Idiom: ‘It’s raining cats and dogs’

Idiom: ‘It’s raining cats and dogs’

If you say it is raining cats and dogs, the weather is very bad and it is raining heavily.

Example: We can’t go out today, the rain is so bad: it’s raining cats and dogs.


Origin: No-one is sure where this idiom came from, but the probable origins are the dirty streets of England in the 17th and 18th century. The roads in England were so unclean that the heavy rain would flood the streets and cause any dead animals or rubbish to float down the road. The sight of this ‘river’ of dead animals, including dogs and cats, would cause people to say ‘it’s raining cats and dogs’, even though they weren’t falling from the sky.

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