Oh, I'm not saying ExpatCat's phrase doesn't work inNo.1 works perfectly well (so long as you're familiar with the sheer torrent of a cow's urine, Loob).
A very good invention! Is this a translation from Spanish?
That's the image that I got too.It is only after thinking about it that I cottoned on to the complete image, for which no equivalent exists among the English expressions that I know. The "on a flat rock" means the liquid is bouncing back up as very hard rain does.
It's certainly something I will be using in the right circumstances, thanks ExpatCat.
Ops, I see that some frowned upon this expression.I think you might want to re-read the whole thread, ExpatCat! But you're right, it does get a fair few google hits - maybe it's common in some parts of the world.
Many rain-related (weather-related) saying from different languages are fairly close (say, we have "rains buckets" expression and so does, for instance, Russian - "rains as if it was from a bucket"), probably due to the nature of the subject, and when translated, unless they are reeeeeaaaally metaphorical, like "cats and dogs" one (this does require good imagination), most of them will be readily understood, though will sound foreign.A very good invention! Is this a translation from Spanish? I find (living in France) that people are often amused when I translate English similes into French, so long as they are real similes and not idioms.
E.g., the two following are translated directly from French:
1. It's raining like a cow pissing.
2. It's raining halberds.
No.1 works perfectly well (so long as you're familiar with the sheer torrent of a cow's urine, Loob); no.2 doesn't. (The English say stair-rods, not halberds.)
From the Google search I suggested:Does it make that much difference if one said "peeing" vs. "pissing"?
I take your word for it. But I swear I'd never heard this before, and this is not something you’d forget hearing.I see most of the respondents speak BE ... in my experience it's a widely known, but now seldom used, expression with a slight change: It's raining like a cow pissing on a flat rock. If you Google "pissing on a flat rock," you'll find many results.