Raining Cats and Dogs Idiom

Raining cats and dogs idiom

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rain cats and dogs:  to rain very heavily.


When we say it rains heavily or rains cats and dogs we mean it rains a lot at a particular moment in time. The opposite is a small amount of rain: light rain or rains lightly or drizzles.

You can use this idiom in any verb tense form: rained cats and dogs, rains cats and dogs, is raining cats and dogs, etc.


  • The sky suddenly turned grey and it rained cats and dogs  for 20 minutes.   
  • I love the sound when it rains cats and dogs. 
  • The road gets flooded very quickly every time it rains cats and dogs.
  • It's been raining cats and dogs  for almost 30 minutes and we're all waiting in the cafe entrance for it to stop.
  • An umbrella isn't much help when it's raining cats and dogs—you need a hat, boots and a long raincoat too.
  • It rained cats and dogs  on my wedding day so we couldn't have the ceremony on the beach as we had planned.
  • We're going to have to cancel the picnic—it's raining cats and dogs  and therefore there's no chance the ground will dry out quickly enough.
  • It was raining cats and dogs  and we couldn't even see the road so we pulled off the highway and waited until the rain became lighter.
  • What's that noise? It's the sound of rain on the roof—it's raining cats and dogs  outside.
  • We'll go outside later—it's raining cats and dogs  now and I don't want to get soaking wet.

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