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在英语中,表示倾盆大雨用rain cats and dogs或者It rains cats and dogs,为什么要用cats and dogs,是有什么典故吗
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下大雨的时候,一些城市的街道就会积满水,而水中还会飘浮着大量的死猫死狗.
answered Mar 14, 2019 by 118030100212 (260 points)
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在下大雨的时候,一些城市的街道就会有很多水,淹死了许多小猫小狗.”
answered Mar 14, 2019 by 118030100212 (260 points)
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Its means catcoupe
answered Mar 14, 2019 by 118030200311snd (780 points)
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一个小镇一天突发特大暴雨,人们慌忙逃窜,忘记了自己家里的动物。雨后,人们发现自家小狗小猫的尸体都漂浮在长河上,rains cats and dogs的名字由此而来。

answered Mar 14, 2019 by 118030200320cyf (1,020 points)
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cats and dogs 是希腊语 cata doxas 的讹话,希腊语本意是contrary to all reason and experience , 就是异常(in an unusualy way)的意思,猫狗大战,就意味“天象有变”。
answered Mar 14, 2019 by 118030200309shz (1,030 points)
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猫和狗世代是冤家对头,一旦相遇,就斗得不可开交。因而被用作形容狂风大作、暴雨如倾的场景。后来rain cats aznd dos就被转喻成“倾盆大雨”
answered Mar 14, 2019 by 118030200309shz (1,030 points)
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Because during heavy rains in 17th century England, some city streets became raging rivers of filth carrying many cats and dogs.
answered Mar 14, 2019 by 118030200315wlp (940 points)
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Because the rains can make many cats and dogs died,so say it .
answered Mar 14, 2019 by 118030200314lq (820 points)
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Because cats and dogs are like raining ,so peole like says"It rains cats and dogs".
answered Mar 14, 2019 by 118030200312zmj (900 points)
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其起源可能同17世纪使用的地下排水系统有关。当时的排水系统非常简陋,排水能力有限,一旦下暴雨,地下排水沟里污水横流,随着污水流出来的不仅有垃圾,甚至有死猫死狗随污水蔓延。

因此狗和猫便与瓢泼大雨扯上了关系。据此衍生了 rain cats and dogs 短语。可见,rain cats and dogs 不是指天上掉下猫和狗,而是大雨引起地下排水不畅,阴沟里的死猫死狗随污水漂浮
answered Mar 14, 2019 by 117070300107wxy (380 points)

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