it’s raining cats and dogs

Idiom

It’s raining cats and dogs

Definition

An idiomatic expression used to describe heavy rainfall.

Examples

It’s raining cats and dogs outside, so I’ll have to take an umbrella.

The forecast says it’s going to be raining cats and dogs this afternoon.

Origin

Believed to have originated in England in the 17th century.

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