like a drowned rat

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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.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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