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Idioms and Phrases with look like something the cat dragged in

look like something the cat dragged in

Appear completely bedraggled, as in After running around in the rain for hours, I looked like something the cat dragged in. This expression alludes to a cat's bringing home birds or mice it has killed or savaged. [c. 1920]

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