look what the cat's dragged in

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • look what the cat dragged in
  • look what the cat drug in


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


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.