Dog idioms -- the English language is rife with ‘em. Reading any list of idioms simply makes me laugh. I hope this list gives you a giggle.
dog & pony show
shaggy dog story
as sick as a dog
like a dog with a bone
call off the dogs
dog eats dog
every dog has its day
raining cats & dogs
go to see a man about a dog
a dog’s life
let sleeping dogs lie
meaner than a junkyard dog
put on the dog
tail wagging the dog
hair of the dog that bit you
life in the old dog yet
you can’t teach an old dog new tricks
in the dog house
I had a bit of a milquetoast upbringing & had always heard one of the above terms, yet really hadn’t constructed much meaning for it. Then, in my twenties I had a character of a roommate named Mick. He kept me laughing with his Irish accent, colorful terms & his drinking ways. Nearly every Saturday morning I’d get up to see Mick sitting on our lumpy, brown floral sofa, his eyes at halfmast & a beer in his hand. “Hair o’ the dog what bit ya,” he’d say, wincing between swigs.
Followers, please add something in the comments section:
1. What dog idioms did I leave out?
2. Tell your tale about one of the idioms above.
My thanks go out to this week’s sources The OED & Etymonline. The Free Dictionary, Cesar’s Way
10/18/2019 09:33:26 am
My dogs are barking! (Sore feet!)
10/18/2019 02:41:26 pm
10/19/2019 08:11:55 am
We stayed up partying until the last dog was hung.
10/19/2019 02:33:51 pm
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