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rain cats and dogs

Definition of rain cats and dogs in English:

Rain very hard.
[origin uncertain; first recorded in 1738, used by Jonathan Swift, but the phrase rain dogs and polecats was used a century earlier in Richard Brome's The City Witt]
Example sentences
  • ‘It'll be raining cats and dogs in a minute ‘she muttered to herself.’
  • The first barricaded suspect situation I attended was, as I recall, on a dark and stormy night, in fact it was raining cats and dogs.
  • It was raining cats and dogs, and my bike had died on me.
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