Idiomatic expressions for heavy rain in many different languages.
The origins of the English expression, It's raining cats and dogs, are uncertain,
though the most likely source is a satirical poem by Jonathan Swift, A Description
of a City Shower, first published in Tatler magazine in 1710.
The poem includes the lines "Drown'd Puppies, stinking Sprats, all drench'd
in Mud / Dead Cats and Turnip-Tops come tumbling down the Flood."
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