like something the cat brought in

like something the cat brought in

(of a person) very dirty, bedraggled, or exhausted. informal
1996 Frank McCourt Angela's Ashes One of them says we look like something the cat brought in and Malachy has to be held back from fighting them.
See also: brought, cat, like, something

(look) like something the ˈcat brought/dragged in

(informal) (look) dirty and untidy: Where have you been? You look like something the cat dragged in!
See also: brought, cat, drag, like, something