Did you know?
The idiom “raining cats and dogs” originated in 17th Century in England. During heavy downpours of rain, many of these poor animals unfortunately drowned and their bodies would be seen floating in the rain torrents that raced through the streets. The situation gave the appearance that it had literally rained “cats and dogs” and led to the current expression.
“Raining cats and dogs” is a bit old-fashioned expression and people don’t use it much these days; we use “bucketing down” instead. Both expressions mean raining a lot.
Here are some other ways to say “it’s raining heavily”:
• It’s pouring.
• It’s chucking it down.
• It’s lashing.
• It’s pelting down.