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“Cats” and “Dogs” idioms in English

“Cats” and “Dogs” idioms in English

What is the meaning of the idiom 'It's raining cats and dogs'?

  • It means that it is raining very hard. The image is of cats and dogs falling from the sky along with the rain -- one joke says "I know it is because I just stepped in a poodle (puddle)!"
  • It is basically an idiom that means that it is raining extremely hard outside.

  • So, what do they say? Well, as with so many things, it depends on the context and who you are addressing your remarks to. In a polite, formal situation one might simply say It's pouring, with the optional addition of the slightly superfluous words with rain: It’s pouring with rain or It’s pouring down. Less formal alternatives are It’s chucking it down or It’s bucketing down, neither of which would be considered impolite in any way. If the rain is particularly heavy, the verb lash down can be used, as in 'It’s been lashing down for an hour now'. In British English one of the most common expressions is It's pissing down, although caution should be exercised when using this expression as some people may consider it impolite or even offensive. To be on the safe side it might be better to stick to It’s pouring down or the entertaining expression It’s pouring with rain out there, which suggests that it sometimes rains in here.

It’s raining cats and dogs

  • You've heard of thatch roofs, well that's all they were. Thick straw, piled high, with no wood underneath. They were the only place for the little animals to get warm. So all the pets; dogs, cats and other small animals, mice, rats, bugs, all lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery so sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Thus the saying, "it's raining cats and dogs."

  • It’s ‘raining cats and dogs’ means it is raining very heavily.
  • Example: You should take an umbrella with you, it is raining cats and dogs out there!
  • The weather was horrible yesterday. It was raining cats and dogs all day.
  • Did you know…? This phrase originated in 17th century England. Very heavy rain would occasionally wash dead animals through the street. The animals didn’t fall from the sky of course, but the sight of dead cats and dogs being washed down the street with the rain caused people to joke that it must have been raining cats and dogs.

  • You may have heard the expression “It’s raining cats and dogs” and wondered what it means.
  • When someone uses this English idiom, it means that it is raining very heavily. That there is a downpour (heavy rain).
  • Oh course it has nothing to do with cats, dogs or any other animal falling from the sky. It’s just an idiomatic expression that started a long time ago (nobody is exactly sure how it started) and it continues to be used until today.

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