[Music] Hello and welcome to The Everyday Language for English Learners Podcast. In today’s episode, I want to talk about the idiom “raining cats and dogs”.
So this is a really famous idiom. I think because it’s a very-it’s easy to imagine. It’s quite…easy to picture cats and dogs coming from the sky. But what does it mean? Does it actually mean to rain cats and dogs?
Well, no, it doesn’t mean to rain cats and dogs [literally]. What it means is to be raining heavily.
Ok? So it’s quite simple, raining cats and dogs, you use that phrase, you use that idiom, when it’s raining a lot outside. You know it’s raining really hard, it’s raining heavy.
So, some example sentences with it’s raining cats and dogs:
Person A can say this, “Are you going out today?”
And Person B replies, “No way, it’s raining cats and dogs, I’m not going out there, I’m staying inside.”
Okay, and then a second example, you may say this to a friend or to a family member, “Don’t forget your umbrella! It’s raining cats and dogs outside.”
Yeah? So, telling your friend, “Don’t forget you’re umbrella, it’s raining really hard, it’s raining heavily outside”.
And again [for a third example] you may ask a family member or a friend if you’re living in a house share, in the UK, you may ask them this:
“Can you bring in the washing? It’s raining cats and dogs outside.”
So, that’s if you’ve got your clothes washing hanging outside and you know, you might ask your, your housemate, or your, your family member, “Can you do me a favour? Can you bring in the washing? It’s raining cats and dogs outside, you know, I don’t want the washing to get all wet.”
Okay, that’s it for today’s idiom “it’s raining cats and dogs”. So, next time it’s raining really heavily – when it’s raining cats and dogs, remember to try and use this phrase with whoever, whoever is around you and who’s interested in talking English with you.
Okay, thanks again and I’ll see you soon, okay, bye! [Music]
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