look like something the cat dragged in

look like something the cat dragged in

Appear completely bedraggled, as in After running around in the rain for hours, I looked like something the cat dragged in . This expression alludes to a cat's bringing home birds or mice it has killed or savaged. [c. 1920]
See also: cat, drag, like, look, something

look like something the cat dragged in

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look like something the cat brought in

If someone or something looks like something the cat dragged in, or looks like something the cat brought in, they look unpleasant or unappealing. It is still possible to be an intelligent and successful woman and look like something the cat has dragged in. What money cannot buy is dress sense.
See also: cat, drag, like, look, something