like something the cat brought in

like something the cat brought in

Particularly exhausted, worn out, untidy, or dirty. After an afternoon playing out in the back yard, the kids came back looking like something the cat brought in. He wants to take me out to a fancy restaurant, but I just got home from work and look like something the cat brought in.
See also: brought, cat, like, something
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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
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(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
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