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    The most popular idioms or proverbs

    What would you say are the five most popular idioms or proverbs in use today? Would "Raining cats and dogs " be one of them?

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    I am not at all sure what the most popular idiom is, but I am sure it is not raining cats and dogs, perhaps because it doesn't rain that hard that often.

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    How about:
    • It takes two to tango.

    Or:
    • Kill two birds with one stone.



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    'Raining cats and dogs' is a strange idiom- every student in the world knows it, yet I never hear any native speaker use it here in the UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    'Raining cats and dogs' is a strange idiom- every student in the world knows it, yet I never hear any native speaker use it here in the UK.
    What do you say when it's pouring?

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    It's pouring, chucking it down, or p*ss*ng it down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It's pouring, chucking it down, or p*ss*ng it down.
    What about:

    Its bucketing down.

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    We do say that and just 'coming down'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    We do say that and just 'coming down'.

    I say it's coming down hard or pouring, but I've heard a lot of native Americans say it's raining cats and dogs, mostly the "older" generation, I guess. Brazilians say "it's raining pocketknives", which makes more sense than cats and dogs, at least to me. It's interesting how an idiom varies from country to country, isn't it? I myself love idioms. They make languages so much more colorful, especially when you hear one that is not so common.

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    "When the pigs will begin to fly". Is it a common idiom in English ?
    Or is it just the same as "It's raining cats and dogs" : well-known abroad but never used ?
    In French, the equivalent idiom is very often used (at least in Belgium) and sounds like this :
    "When the hens will have teeth". :wink:

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