rain cats and dogs

rain cats and dogs

Meaning

  • too much heavy rain;
  • torrential rain;
  • very heavily raining;
  • raining tremendously.

Example Sentences

  1. It was raining cats and dogs so all flights were cancelled and I could not reach in time to my native town to join the marriage ceremony of my brother.
  2. The July and August months are very humid in India and when the Monsoon comes it rain cats and dogs.
  3. I want to go to play Cricket match but it’s raining cats and dogs in my suburb, how come?
  4. When we were returning after the picnic, it was raining cats and dogs.
  5. I can’t drive the car now, it’s raining cats and dogs.

Origin

The most initial usage of this idiomatic expression was found in 17th century since then it’s remained one of the most popular English idioms. But, there are no valid clues of where and who originally discovered this phrase.

The expression might have its origin in Norse mythology, medieval superstitions, the outdated word Catadupe (waterfall), or dead animals in the streets of Great Britain being picked up by rainstorm waters.

One thing is quite sure that this idiom was not originates because of the rain of pets like cats and dog. We tried to figure out that how pets like cats and dogs are related to heavy rains but nothing matches seriously.

There is one idea which fits with this idiom, when it rains heavily it feels like something heavier is hitting on your umbrella, like pets, cats and dogs are falling. Most probably this idiomatic phrase is the result of a strange imagination of somebody that becomes famous by chance in English language history.

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AuthorGwen writes on 9th July 2017

This idiom is my favorite it’s raining cats and dogs, because of the sentence cats and dogs are raining above the sky??
Hahahahahaha😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆

AuthorSylvia Stead writes on 30th June 2017

This is one of my favorite idiomatic phrases of all the times, whenever I use it in my class, all of my students start smiling at me. The best thing about this idiom is “Dogs” and “Cats”, most of the humans like either cats or dogs, so do they the idiom.

AuthorMark Jade Student writes on 28th June 2017

Its about to raining cats and dog :)

AuthorLiana writes on 27th June 2017

I wish there are more examples :/

AuthorSania Savani writes on 2nd April 2017

There should be more example.

AuthorSahiran writes on 7th February 2017

Can anyone tell a story on it.

AuthorMonque writes on 28th March 2015

Haha, This is actually funny because when it rains really bad my kids say mommy it is raining like cats and dogs and I say what’s that mean they say it is raining really like as if there really were cats and dogs I just seen this website and I will definitely show my son and daughter this they will love it thank you so much and I hope you guys can come up with more and powerful and inspiring things thank you <3

Monique Fleming

AuthorShadha writes on 25th October 2016

Now only I came to know what is this idiom is about, thanks for showing me this meaning.

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