Idiom – Raining cats and dogs

  • Idiom – Raining cats and dogs
  • Meaning –  Raining very hard. This expression is said when it is raining very heavily.
  • There are a number of different theories as to how this idiom originated. The most plausible (and awful) comes from London in the 1700s. At this time London had open sewers. These sewers were also the place to discard of dead animals such as cats and dogs. During heavy rain these sewers would flood and the bodies of discarded cats and dogs would have been washed away. Well, we did warn you it was awful.
Example:
  • “Don’t forget your brolly when you go outside today. It’s raining cats and dogs!”
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  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?
What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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