Raining cats and dogs

Definition

Raining cats and dogs is an idiom that is used to describe a heavy rainstorm.

Examples

It’s been raining cats and dogs all morning!

It was raining so hard last night that I thought cats and dogs were coming down from the sky.

I can’t believe it’s raining cats and dogs again!

It’s pouring cats and dogs outside – better grab your umbrella!

When it rains cats and dogs, I always make sure to stay inside.

Origin

The origin of this phrase is unknown, but it is believed to have originated in the 17th century.

FAQs

Q

How did the phrase ‘raining cats and dogs’ originate?

A

The literal meaning of the phrase is not known, but there are some theories that it may have stemmed from the medieval belief that cats and dogs could fall from the sky during storms.