rain cats and dogs

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rain cats and dogs (third-person singular simple present rains cats and dogs, present participle raining cats and dogs, simple past and past participle rained cats and dogs)

  1. (idiomatic, impersonal) To rain very heavily.
    Synonyms: bucket, bucket down, chuck it down, come down cats and dogs, rain buckets, rain pitchforks, pelt (vulgar), piss down (vulgar), piss it down, pour, pour cats and dogs, storm cats and dogs, stream, teem

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