rain dogs and cats

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rain dogs and cats

  1. (idiomatic, dated) To rain very heavily.
    • 1651 - Henry Vaughan, Olor Iscanus (1651).
      The Pedlars of our age have business yet,
      And gladly would against the Fayr-day fit
      Themselves with such a Roofe, that can secure
      Their Wares from Dogs and Cats rain'd in showre.
    • 1672 - Maurice Atkins, Minor Burlesques and Travesties (1672)
      Where e're I went on Land or water
      Hee'd make a shift to follow after.
      Neither had he flincht a foot, had fates
      Made it rain down dogs and cats
    • 1678 - John Phillips, Maronides (1678)
      When it rains Dogs and Cats in Hell,
      The shelter'd Centaurs roar and yell;

Usage notes[edit]

Rarely used. The term rain cats and dogs is current usage.