Asked in Word and Phrase Origins
Word and Phrase Origins
What is its raining cats and dogs origins?
March 22, 2012 11:06PM
In olden times people threw rubbish into the street. In amongst the rubbish would be cats and dogs which would be washed along the street during heavy rain. Hence raining cats and dogs. Of course, they are not literally raining from above!
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