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    yulia Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by bmo
    Quote Originally Posted by green_summer
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Never has it rained cats and dogs,
    But sometimes it rains frogs.

    In China, we often use " rains cats and dogs " :) When I use this idiom first time, I felt it is very funny, how can the cats and dogs be rained?? *_*

    Meaning: Raining very heavily.

    Origin: The phrase is supposed to have originated in england in the 17th century. City streets were then filthy and heavy rain would occasionally carry along dead animals. Richard Brome's The City Witt, 1652 has the line 'It shall rain dogs and polecats'. Also, cats and dogs both have ancient associations with bad weather. Witches were supposed to ride the wind during storms in the form of cats.

    Hey, guys, I've got so much to learn here and I'm so glad that I had found this site. So much interesting stuff. Besides, when reading all this I feel how much I lack in English, and I feel that it's just so poor, at least in terms of idioms. :P

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    Tdol is offline Editor,
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    The nearest to your whistling crayfish would be 'when pigs fly'. Welcome.

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