You are going to learn all the things you need to know about the funny French idiom “Il pleut comme vache qui pisse”.
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It literally means:
This expression dates from the second half of the 19th century. This is an image to say that it rains a lot since, indeed, when a cow urinates it drops a rather impressive quantity of liquid in the grass compared to a human.
But why a cow? There are bigger animals, no? Well, the choice seems to be based on the biggest animal a French peasant would see in everyday life back in time. Too bad they didn’t have elephants.
Instead of saying “Il pleut beaucoup” (It’s raining a lot) or using the expression “Il pleut des cordes” (It’s raining ropes) you can use “Il pleut comme vache qui pisse” to make it funnier.
But beware, this is familiar and isn’t appropriate for formal contexts, typically at work.
Associating animals with heavy rain seems to be a common theme in English too, there is a saying: “It’s raining cats and dogs” when it’s raining heavily.