like something the cat dragged in

like something the cat dragged 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 dragged in. He wants to take me out to a fancy restaurant, but I just got home from work and look like something the cat dragged in.
See also: cat, drag, 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
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We don't look like something the cat dragged in. We my husband and I, anyway are always fashionably dressed.
So WHY did she agree to appear on the catwalk at London Fashion Week looking like something the cat dragged in?
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