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verb (inf=to rain cats and dogs, rains cats and dogs, raining cats and dogs, rained cats and dogs)
  1. (idiom) To rain very heavily.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: pijpenstelen regenen, regenen dat het giet
    • Finnish: fi(fi, sataa kaatamalla}}, sataa í¤kí¤isií¤ í¤mmií¤ í¤keet selí¤ssí¤(fi), {{t-)sataa kuin saavista kaataen
    • French: pleuvoir í  boire debout}}, (qualifier(fr, pleuvoir des cordes), pleuvoir comme vache qui pisse(fr, pleuvoir í  verse}}, (t-, fr, pleuvoir des hallebardes), t-, fr), {{t-, fr)Belgium dracher(fr)
    • German: de(de, Bindfí¤den regnen, de(de, in Strí¶men regnen}}, {{t-)aus allen Kannen gieíčen, {{t-)aus allen Kannen schí¼tten
    • Italian: piovere a catinelle(it)
    • Spanish: llover a cí¡ntaros(es)
      • Swedish: sv(sv, í¶sregna}}, spí¶regna(sv), {{t-)stí¥ som spí¶n i backen
      Etymology: Possibly derived from cases where small fish, frogs, etc. have been reported to be deposited in rainstorms. Some cases are documented in http://paranormal.about.com/library/weekly/aa082602a.htm Weird, Weird Rain; they may or may not be true, but the expression derives from the belief, not the fact.


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