look like 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. We're supposed to be going out to dinner, but I look like something the cat dragged in.
See also: cat, drag, like, look, something

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