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This expression means “It’s raining a lot / heavily” and literally means: “It’s raining ropes.“
Why “ropes“? Because of the visual effect of drops of water falling very close to each other, looking like ropes falling from the sky.
Instead of saying “Il pleut beaucoup” (It’s raining a lot), you can use the expression “Il pleut des cordes” (It’s raining ropes) or even “Il pleut comme vache qui pisse” (It’s raining like a peeing cow) to make it funnier.
But be careful, the last isn’t appropriate for formal contexts, typically at work.