In 1606, the bubonic plague returned to London. Two years earlier, it had killed 30,000 of its inhabitants. The plague hit like a hammer that winter. This time the city took no chances. It shut down on a massive scale. All the theaters closed. This was a bitter blow for playwrights and actors. Out of work and under house arrest, they had little to do but twiddle their thumbs and play the waiting game.
If you look out the window and see a heavy rainstorm, you should not be surprised if you hear an English speaker say, “It’s raining cats and dogs!” This expression is used to describe heavy rain. Some other ways to say this include a ‘torrential rain’, a ‘downpour’, or a ‘cloudburst’.