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    Default oringin of "raining cats and dogs"?

    we often use this idiom to describle rain heavily. But I wonder about its origin. Could please tell me know about it? I think many people have the same question. thank you very much!

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    Default Re: oringin of "raining cats and dogs"?

    There are various theories. One is that cats were associated with wind and dogs with rain in Norse mythology. Another suggests that in heavy rain, dead animals were carried along the streets by the water. We don't really know the truth.

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    Default Re: oringin of "raining cats and dogs"?

    I have read and heard many theories:

    One theory states that in the oldern times, homes had thatched roof, in which domestics animals like cats and dogs used to hide and in heavy rain, the animals were washed out, so it would seem to be "raining cats and dogs."


    Another theory states that during heavy rains, the dogs used to howl and cats used to meow, thereby indicating that something unusual will happen.

    Another theory (i don't remember which) states that cats represent wind and the dogs represent rain , so when it pours down heavily, we use the term, "raining cats and dogs."

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    Default Re: oringin of "raining cats and dogs"?

    The one about the thatched roof has never made much sense to me. It sounds a bit preposterous.

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