One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Rain very hard.
pour, pour down, pelt down, tip down, teem down, beat down, lash down, sheet down, come down, come down in sheets, come down in torrents, rain cats and dogsView synonyms
- ‘‘It was dry an hour before the race, and then the skies opened up and it rained cats and dogs,’ Kim told them a few minutes after the race.’
- ‘It just started raining cats and dogs, so I doesn't look like I'll be going anytime soon.’
- ‘It might rain cats and dogs during the few monsoon days of the city, but water supply during summer months is still a suspect issue.’
- ‘‘Thank goodness we're not out there,’ said Tom, hugging his knees to his chest, ‘its raining cats and dogs in the city!’’
- ‘It had been raining cats and dogs from morning and they must have known before hand that the wet weather posed a danger of shock or slipping on stage.’
- ‘I already told you it was raining cats and dogs and I'm worried that the computer is going to crash or that the power is going to go off.’
- ‘No kind of threats, cajoling or convincing can get a line-man to scamper up an electric post or poke at a blown fuse when it is raining cats and dogs.’
- ‘‘It'll be raining cats and dogs in a minute ‘she muttered to herself.’’
- ‘It was raining cats and dogs, and my bike had died on me.’
- ‘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.’
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