像It rains cats and dogs下滂沱大雨
在日耳曼南部地區，則有不同的說法：這兩隻名叫格利和福雷奇的巨大狼犬原本就具有御風的能力，平日雖負責守護奧丁，但好動的天性依舊不改，經常偷閒與亞薩園裡的貓咪追逐嬉戲，使得人間風雨不斷。性情嚴肅的奧丁發現後，罰牠們跳下雲海，緩和災情，因此「It rains cats and dogs」，就成為滂沱大雨的代稱。
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sitting in a cat bird seatA person is "sitting pretty" or in a "favored position." This saying was popularized, at least, in these here parts [Texas], by a short story entitled "Catbird Seat," which was written by the well-known American writer of humorous fiction--James Thurber. Thurber, of "Walter Mitty " fame, gives credit to Red Barber--the down--home Southern baseball sports announcer for this rural idiom to the mainstream American public. According to Thurber, the phrase means: being in an advantageous position.
Source: Wheepie@aol.com cat calls"I'm from a neighborhood with a tremendous amount of wild or at least free-roaming cats. Often, in the middle of an early spring or summer night i would be awakened by the calls of cat's in mating. Each time, one of the sounds I heard was similar to the "wit-woo" sound associated with the cat-call whistle. Perhaps people adopted that sound, changed it to a whistle, and associated it with seeing an attractive woman, thus calling the sound these men made, cat calls."
Source: Michelle Tracey
as happy as a clam"Happy as a Clam" is not the original quote. It has been shortened. Why is a Clam particularly happy? The original quote was "Happy as a Clam in High Tide". Which of course is when the clam is the safest.
Source: Nick Porreco
crocodile tearsFake tears. This expression comes from a story that a crocodile moans and sobs like a person in great distress in order to lure a man into its reach, and then after devouring him sheds bitter tears over the dire fate of its victim.
Source: Funk, Charles
if you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleasIf you associate with bad people, you will acquire their faults.
Source: Bertram, Anne (Bowl of Cherries)