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    • Join Date: Oct 2007
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    #1

    why...?

    why we always say " rain cats and dogs " to describe the heavy rain?
    why we not use " rain goose and chickens"????

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    #2

    Re: why...?

    Raining "cats and dogs" seems to be a fixed idiom for heavy rains...
    I havenīt got a single idea of its origin, but itīs set to be as it is so we use it as it is, and not any other animal.


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    #3

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    #4

    Re: why...?

    thank u both

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    #5

    Re: why...?

    Another improbable simile, not mentioned in that WWW article, is 'coming down like stair-rods'. [A stair-rod is a length of metal that holds a carpet in position on a flight of stairs. Both they, and the idiom, are rather old-fashioned.]

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