raining cats and dogs

raining cats and dogs


  • 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.


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The expression might have its origin in Norse mythology, medieval superstitions, the outdated word Catadupe (waterfall), or dead animals in the streets of Great Britain being picked up by rainstorm waters.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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R 15 Comments


AuthorTheIdioms.com writes on 3rd August 2018

Dear Deepa,
It is an idiom. It can also be classified as a metaphor as the rain is being compared to cats and dogs.

Kind Regards

AuthorDeepa writes on 2nd August 2018

Is it an idiom or paradox or a metaphor? What kind of expression is it?

AuthorTim Chan writes on 28th June 2018

I think Raining Cats and Dogs originated long time ago when strong winds (hurricanes or typhoons) grabbed up some cats and dogs and deposited them elsewhere. That ‘elsewhere’ received the animals together with the heavy rain and thus the saying started. πŸ™‚

AuthorRobert writes on 20th June 2018

Aliens… Dogs, Cats and Birds are aliens watching us. They came to earth from above.

AuthorIra writes on 5th April 2018

Please can anyone tell a story on it πŸ˜•

AuthorClyde writes on 1st April 2018

It really is. Heavy rains especially in the Philippines feels like there are cats and dogs playing catching game above the roofs. So yeah.

AuthorAnny writes on 2nd August 2017

Thanks for the phrase examples it’s very useful now I can tell some of this examples to my teacher.

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??

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 πŸ™‚

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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