look what the cat's dragged in

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Etymology[edit]

From the habit of domestic cats of bringing home the remains of killed animals

Phrase[edit]

look what the cat's dragged in!

  1. (idiomatic) Used as an ironic acknowledgement of someone's arrival, especially to imply that they are unwelcome or disagreeable in some way

Usage notes[edit]

  • To look like something the cat's dragged in is to be dishevelled or very untidy.