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look what the cat('s) dragged in
A mild and usually playful insult used to announce someone's arrival and suggest that the person has a messy or otherwise disheveled physical appearance. When Jennifer came in soaking wet from the rain, Candice laughed and said, "Look what the cat dragged in!" Hey, everybody, look what the cat's dragged in. How's retirement treating you, Joe?
Look (at) what the cat dragged in!
Inf. Look who's here! (A good-humored and familiar way of showing surprise at someone's presence in a place, especially if the person looks a little rumpled. Compare this with look like something the cat dragged in.) Bob and Mary were standing near the doorway talking when Tom came in. "Look what the cat dragged in!" announced Bob. Mary: Hello, everybody. I'm here! Jane: Look at what the cat dragged in!
look what the cat's dragged inINFORMAL
You can say look what the cat's dragged in when someone arrives to express your dislike or disapproval of them, or as a light-hearted way of greeting them. In strolls Babs. `Now look what the cat's dragged in,' says Jeanie, with a nod.