Rain cats and dogs

Idiom

Rain cats and dogs

Definition

The idiom ‘rain cats and dogs’ is used to describe a heavy downpour of rain.

Examples

It’s raining cats and dogs outside!

It’s been raining cats and dogs for the past hour.

I’m not sure I want to go outside – it’s raining cats and dogs!

The storm was so bad, it was raining cats and dogs.

Origin

The phrase ‘raining cats and dogs’ originated in 17th century England. It is believed to have derived from the Greek phrase ‘cata doxa’, which means ‘contrary to experience or belief’.

FAQs

Q: What does it mean when it’s raining cats and dogs? A: It means that it is raining heavily.

Q: Where did the phrase ‘raining cats and dogs’ come from? A: It originated in 17th century England, and is believed to have derived from the Greek phrase ‘cata doxa’, which means ‘contrary to experience or belief’.