Its raining cats and dogs idiom

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its raining cats and dogs idiom

Raining Cats and Dogs: A Collection of Irresistible Idioms and Illustrations to Tickle the Funny Bones by Will Moses

Have you ever wondered how someone can be “in a pickle” when pickles are so small, or why mothers say you’re “on thin ice” even when you’re indoors? Are you perplexed that your father “brings home the bacon” but is a strict vegetarian? Will Moses has the answers, and sheds light not only on these idioms but dozens more with Raining Cats and Dogs. Using his trademark folk-art style, Moses infuses a sense of mischief and humor into these often puzzling phrases, educating readers while entertaining them.

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Why do we say: It's Raining Cats and Dogs?

Idiom – It’s Raining Cats And Dogs

Subscribe to our YouTube channel! We can only guess at the origin of this curious idiom. When a heavy rain came, the streets were flooded by flowing sewage and trash. Any dogs and cats trapped in the muck could easily be killed. Hence, after a very bad rain, the corpses of cats and dogs were often found outside, looking as if they fell from the sky. Thus, the idiom was born. Drowned Puppies, stinking sprats, all drenched in mud, Dead cats and turnip-tops come tumbling down the flood.

As odd as it is, the phrase is prominent in almost every major dialect of English—from the roots of England to the United States and Canada, to even the multilingual Indian English and the blended Singlish from Singapore. The phrase isn't literal, and there is no recorded incident of cats and dogs dropping from the clouds like furry rain clumps. Similar phenomena with smaller creatures such as frogs, fish, and spiders have been recorded as they were sucked from lakes and ponds by waterspouts, but cats and dogs are too big to "rain. They may be thrown or fall from tornadoes in an unlucky twister, but the same goes for humans. That would be closer to hail than rain.

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Related to Raining cats and dogs: spill the beans , turn over a new leaf , an arm and a leg , Idioms. We wanted to have a barbecue this weekend, but it's been raining cats and dogs since Friday evening. See also: and , cat , dog , rain. If you say it's raining cats and dogs , you mean that it is raining very heavily. You mean she wasn't wearing a coat, even though it was raining cats and dogs? Note: There are several possible explanations for this expression, but none of them can be proved. It may refer to the days when drainage in towns was so poor that cats and dogs sometimes drowned in heavy rainfall.

It's raining cats and dogs! We wanted to have a barbecue this weekend, but it's been raining cats and dogs since Friday evening. See also: and , cat , dog , rain. If you say it's raining cats and dogs , you mean that it is raining very heavily. You mean she wasn't wearing a coat, even though it was raining cats and dogs?

3 COMMENTS

  1. Quillén G. says:

    It's raining cats and dogs! - Idioms by The Free Dictionary

  2. Jolie R. says:

    No one knows the precise source of the 17th century expression 'raining cats and dogs', but we can be sure that it didn't originate because animals fell from the sky.

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