Idiom – Raining Cats And Dogs

English 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.

The idiom take a rain check is used when you want to politely refuse an invitation, with the implication that you might accept it in the future. The idiom right as rain is used when you are feeling fit and healthy again after some kind of illness.


  • “Don’t forget your brolly when you go outside today. It’s raining cats and dogs!”



In the News:

“One of the .. umm.. joys of dog ownership is taking your pup out in below freezing temperatures or when it’s sleeting or snowing or even raining cats and dogs for their daily walks.”


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