IT'S RAINING CATS AND DOGS
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Meaning: Raining very heavily
Origin: The expression first appeared in print in a modified form in 1653. Richard Brome's comedy 'The City Wit or The Woman Wears the Breeches', referred to stormy weather with the line: "It shall raine.....dogs and polecats".
The origin seems to stem from the filthy streets of 17th/18th century England. Heavy rain would occasionally carry along dead animals and other debris. The animals didn't fall from the sky, but the sight of dead cats and dogs floating by in storms could well have caused the coining of this colorful phrase. Jonathan Swift described such an event in his satirical poem 'A Description of a City Shower', first published in the 1710 collection of the Tatler magazine.
Sweeping from butchers’ stalls, dung, guts, and blood;
Drown’d puppies, stinking sprats, all drench’d in mud,
Dead cats, and turnip-tops, come tumbling down the flood