Posted by **tracy** on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 6:05pm.

What are the sayings called ex: It is raining cats and dogs ?

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**E.G.**, Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 6:09pm
It's a hyperbole.

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**Michele**, Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 6:10pm
They are called idioms. Idioms are words, phrases, or expressions that cannot be taken literally. In other words, when used in everyday language, they have a meaning other than the basic one you would find in the dictionary.

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**PsyDAG**, Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 8:50am
If you look up both of the answers you have been given in a dictionary, you will find that "idiom" is the better term.

I hope this helps a little more. Thanks for asking.

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