like a drowned rat

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.
See also: drown, like, rat
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Aussie Brendon, of Sydney, said: "We could hardly believe our eyes when she emerged looking like a drowned rat.
HE may look like a drowned rat but this furry fella is actually a born surfer, according to his owner.
The bunny looked like a drowned rat, and Sarah got soaked herself rescuing the little stray.
I looked like a drowned rat and sympathy swelled the takings.
A club official said: "The Prince doesn't mind looking like a drowned rat to raise money for his charity.
The result then was traipsing through the door of the house looking like a drowned rat but hopefully with the streetcred still intact as you had decided against the anorak.