like a drowned rat

Also, wet as a drowned rat. Soaking wet and utterly bedraggled, as in When she came in out of the rain she looked like a drowned rat. This simile appeared in Latin nearly 2,000 years ago, and in English about the year 1500.


Nearby words

  1. like a bat out of hell,
  2. like a bump on a log,
  3. like a cat on hot bricks,
  4. like a champ,
  5. like a chicken with its head cut off,
  6. like a fish out of water,
  7. like a house afire,
  8. like a lamb to the slaughter,
  9. like a shot,
  10. like a ton of bricks

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