drowned rat, like a/wet as a

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(as) wet as a drowned rat

Soaking wet, especially due to heavy rain. You poor thing, you're wet as a drowned rat! The kids came in from the storm as wet as a bunch of drowned rats.
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like a drowned rat

Soaking wet (and usually dirty and unkempt as well). She came in from the storm looking like a drowned rat. The poor little guy stood shivering on the beach like a drowned rat.
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drowned rat, like a/wet as a

Thoroughly soaked and utterly bedraggled. Despite their frequent presence in sewers and similar wet places, rats do not like water, a fact observed for many centuries (“It rained by the bucket and they came home wet as drowned rats,” Petronius, Satyricon, ca. a.d. 60). See also soaked to the skin.
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In the meantime Thomas Mugridge, like a drowned rat, was being dragged out from under the forecastle head where he had cravenly ensconced himself.
"Some days I was so desperate to swim I would not take my makeup off and I'd end up looking like a drowned rat."
I feel like I look like a drowned rat everywhere I go.
Two days into my four-month stint here in the UK I'm frozen to the core and feel like a drowned rat. If I get only one thing from this experience, I truly hope it's the resistance to the rain and the cold that the locals have...
I know it is not about what you look like, and compared to looking like a drowned rat it must be better.
I may have looked like a drowned rat but I still managed to drag myself to town afterwards for a few drinks to bid farewell to an old colleague.
Then the secretary comes in, like a drowned rat, saying 'It's bad, it's horrendous.' "Far too much water had come down in one go.
Looking, as one volunteer said, "like a drowned rat".
@Ros_dodd: Never the most glamorous of cyclists, I looked like a drowned rat pedalling through Birmingham just now - complete with raindrops hanging off my nose!
He was used to a ship's diet of salt beef and weevil-infested biscuits, He expected to find an occasional dead mouse or drowned rat at the bottom of the drink barrel.
After crossing the river and putting on my warm boots, we took pictures of my longbeard, which looked a bit like a drowned rat. Despite my poor shooting, I had a lot of fun, and I hope to return to Dave's place in 2008 ...
Calloway later told Sports Illustrated that John Henry "looked like a drowned rat with blood running off his forehead".
In fact, surfacing like a drowned rat and rubbing my stinging eyes, it was hard to see anything.