Idiom: Raining cats and dogs

Illustration of a boy walking through the rain with his umbrella open and cats and dogs falling from the sky with the caption: It's raining cats and dogs (meaning: to rain a lot and very heavily)

Meaning

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rain cats and dogs:  to rain very heavily.


Notes:

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.


Sentence examples

  • 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 roofit'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.
  • I look like I took a shower with my clothes on! It’s raining cats and dogs outside and I forgot to bring my umbrella.
  • I love the sound when it's raining cats and dogs outside.
  • The weather forecast called for light rain throughout the day but it was raining cats and dogs this afternoon and there was hail too.
  • I forgot my umbrella so I'll wait here at the office until it stops raining so hard—it's raining cats and dogs right now.
  • You'll also need rain boots and a rain coat because it's raining cats and dogs outside.
  • It’s been raining cats and dogs for two days and now there some flooding in the coastal areas.
  • I love staying at home drinking tea when it rains cats and dogs outside.
  • My hair is completely wet because it's raining cats and dogs outside.
  • I had to buy a new umbrella today because I wore a white dress and it rained cats and dogs all afternoon.
  • Don't you just love the sound when it rains cats and dogs?
  • During the summer when it's very hot and humid, it frequently rains cats and dogs for about 30 minutes in the late afternoon.


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