look like something the cat dragged in

look like something the cat dragged in

To look 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.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

look like something the cat dragged in

Fig. to look very shabby, worn, exhausted, or abused. (Sometimes with drug.) That new sofa of theirs looks like something the cat dragged in. Poor Dave looks like something the cat drug in. He must have been out late last night.
See also: cat, drag, like, look
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

look like something the cat dragged in

Appear completely bedraggled, as in After running around in the rain for hours, I looked like something the cat dragged in . This expression alludes to a cat's bringing home birds or mice it has killed or savaged. [c. 1920]
See also: cat, drag, like, look, something
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

look like something the cat dragged in

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look like something the cat brought in

If someone or something looks like something the cat dragged in, or looks like something the cat brought in, they look unpleasant or unappealing. It is still possible to be an intelligent and successful woman and look like something the cat has dragged in. What money cannot buy is dress sense.
See also: cat, drag, like, look, 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.
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