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Drowned Rat

As wet as a drowned rat—i.e. soaking wet. Drowned rats certainly look deplorably wet, but so also do drowned mice, drowned cats, and drowned dogs, etc.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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