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Idiom origin



To rain very heavily, often in a sudden and unexpected way.


We were planning a picnic in the park, but the weather suddenly changed, and it started raining cats and dogs, so we had to cancel our plans.


It comes from the time when houses had thatched roofs. When it rained heavily, animals such as cats and dogs would seek shelter on the roofs, and as the rain continued, some of the animals would fall through the thatch and into the house, hence the expression “raining cats and dogs”. Another theory suggests that the phrase is derived from the Old English word “catadupe”, which means “waterfall”, and may have been used to describe heavy rain. 

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