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Used as a metaphor for melancholy or depression.‘I'm very happy, but the black dog is there, lurking around the corner’
- ‘Winston Churchill called it his black dog, that was always lurking in the background, but whatever your own personal metaphor is, one thing is for sure - depression is alive and well in Ireland.’
- ‘His imagination is not on a short rein but a secure one, like one of those elastic leashes, attached, in his case, to a very black dog indeed.’
- ‘About every two years I find it hard to drag myself out of a real hole when the black dog comes calling for scraps.’
- ‘Even in my darkest hours, when the black dog of depression settles on my normally sunny countenance, I console myself with sympathetic thoughts of those even worse off than myself.’
- ‘So the black dog is snapping at my heels today, and the sun shines only on the outside.’
- ‘It brings on the black dog and makes me feel like my blood has been replaced by industrial waste.’
- ‘You stole the sun from my heart but this film put it back and chased away the black dog too!’
- ‘If I could let go of all this, if I could cut off the black dog that's got its teeth in my arm, maybe I could fly.’
- ‘If I want to play games with the black dog, daring him to bite me, that's my privilege, too.’
- ‘In Australia there has recently been recognition of the black dog of depression since several politicians and judges confessed to suffering from it.’
- ‘‘I gotta work my way away from the black dog of depression daily,’ he said at the time.’
- ‘He, too, could be plagued by the black dog, but somehow those dark moods became curses that brought benefit to his team even while he was in despair.’
- ‘After today the trees get thin, it matters less where I have been, the black dog, silent, sinks back in after today has gone.’
- ‘It hasn't been a good week, and the black dog is curled at my feet with no sign of getting up.’
- ‘Sadly the black dog that was snapping at my one remaining heel yesterday came back for a second bite this morning.’
- ‘A job should help keep me stable, hold the black dog of depression at bay.’
- ‘The black dog tells me that it's aiming to stick around, to which I reply that I'm planning on getting a cat, whose soft fur, quick pulse and disdainful love will absorb infinitely more of my attention than it could ever dream of receiving.’
- ‘That way the day fills, the weeks pass, and there's little time for the long silences into which black dogs are liable to creep and make themselves at home.’
- ‘Brave people, who were fighting the black dog, want to experience the small and humble reality that so many of us take for granted, dignity.’
- ‘If anyone's succeeded in taming their black dog, drop me a note sometime and let me know what worked for you.’
Late 18th century (earlier as a name used during Queen Anne's reign for a bad shilling). Winston Churchill used the expression when alluding to his periodic bouts of depression.
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