Definition of dog in English:

dog

noun

  • 1A domesticated carnivorous mammal that typically has a long snout, an acute sense of smell, and a barking, howling, or whining voice. It is widely kept as a pet or for work or field sports.

    • ‘The sun shone, people were walking the dog, airing the child, spring cleaning their souls.’
    • ‘‘All dogs have an intense sense of smell, and every dog likes to sniff,’ Smith said.’
    • ‘Her attack dog is a mutt, and, as everyone knows, mongrels are healthier than pedigreed dogs.’
    • ‘Don't overlook books and videos on training hunting dogs.’
    • ‘She heard a car door shut and a muffled voice calming the dog who now went from barking to a whine.’
    • ‘The top five dogs of each breed are invited to attend.’
    • ‘However, there have been several instances where citizens have been bitten by stray dogs.’
    • ‘Domesticated dogs arose from wolves that somehow became accustomed to living among people.’
    • ‘The neighbor's dog barked relentlessly, giving the night a heartbeat to add to his own.’
    • ‘The enamel carried a scene of hunting dogs chasing a hare.’
    • ‘He said, ‘It's kind of like a hound dog chasing a rabbit.’’
    • ‘Mr. Mason's hunting dogs weren't barking their heads off for once, which was new.’
    • ‘Her size makes it impractical to use her as a patrol dog, but her sense of smell is so keen she can detect even trace amounts of drugs.’
    • ‘A woman in Hastings is walking a small dog on a leash.’
    • ‘He could almost feel them out there; it was time to call the dogs to heel.’
    • ‘I think it's okay to keep pet dogs on a leash and birds in a cage.’
    • ‘People let their dogs foul in public places and leave it for somebody else to worry about.’
    • ‘Secondly, rabid stray dogs do not observe boundaries.’
    hound, canine, mongrel, cur, tyke
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    1. 1.1 A wild animal of the dog family.
      • ‘To all dog owners, the call goes out, keep you dogs under control day and night, as the lambing season is upon us now and many have been savaged by roaming dogs in some areas already.’
      • ‘Last night I watched a documentary on the Golden Jackals of Africa - dogs nearly identical to Jasper.’
      • ‘We watched the wild cats and dogs frolicking in the winter sunlight.’
      • ‘The thing is Robyn we've got the numbers here and as you said it's quite a large proportion if you like of Wild African dogs in captivity in Australia.’
      • ‘In this matter of going, readily do dogs, jackals and the like, know when they move on that they are moving.’
      • ‘Among dogs, the family that preys together stays together.’
      • ‘Teufel-hunden were originally known as the wild, ferocious mountain dogs of Bavarian folklore.’
      • ‘In most mammals, adult play is rare, but it is common in dolphins, members of the dog family, great apes and, of course, humans.’
    2. 1.2 The male of an animal of the dog family, or of some other mammals such as the otter.
      as modifier ‘a dog fox’
      • ‘The male dog otter measured 41.5 inches in length with a girth of 26 inches.’
      • ‘A member of the waterworks department shot a fine dog otter on the lower Rivington reservoir.’
      • ‘In the Landrover in which I was travelling was a large dog fox.’
      • ‘It is obvious therefore that not only pregnant and nursing vixens are killed, but also the dog fox, on whom the vixen and cubs often rely for food.’
      • ‘A male, or dog, otter can range over six to eight miles, far further than a female.’
      • ‘As I made my way back to my car, a dog fox trotted across the road in front of me, stopped, looked me up and down and then carried on, completely unconcerned.’
      • ‘‘I am looking for a young animal, either a dog or a bitch, that has a bit of attitude,’ he said.’
      • ‘With his hair tinged by the sun's rays, he looked like a dog fox who'd out-witted his pursuers once again.’
      • ‘The big dog otter probably got as much of a fright as he did, it about-turned and leapt into the water.’
  • 2informal A person regarded as unpleasant, contemptible, or wicked (used as a term of abuse)

    ‘come out, Michael, you dog!’
    • ‘By the way, you can keep the pun you wretched journalistic dogs.’
    1. 2.1dated with adjective Used to refer to a person of a specified kind in a tone of playful reproof, commiseration, or congratulation.
      ‘you lucky dog!’
      • ‘I thought My God, if all the scenes are as scary as this one; I'm really a lucky dog.’
      • ‘He got up with his hand wrapped around her little waist… that lucky dog!’
      • ‘If that next race is the bottom of the new grade, this lucky dog might have a chance of stumbling into the money again.’
      • ‘It's true - I'm a lucky dog.’
      • ‘There's not much more to be said about it other than she's a lucky dog.’
      human being, individual, man, woman, human, being, living soul, soul, mortal, creature, fellow
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    2. 2.2 Used in various phrases to refer to someone who is abject or miserable, especially because they have been treated harshly.
      ‘I make him work like a dog’
      ‘Rob was treated like a dog’
      • ‘It was appalling to see those broken bodies, human beings treated worse than dogs.’
      • ‘In order to get him to commit you have to treat him like a dog.’
      • ‘Do you think this helps explain why today's corporate bosses are treating American workers like dogs?’
      • ‘I can work like a dog when I have to; as long as my energy is directed at the race car, I can be fairly competitive.’
      • ‘They were treated as dogs, they were hungry, and the goddess of justice refused to review their plight.’
      • ‘‘To say that they treated Victoria like a dog would be wholly unfair,’ he said.’
      • ‘Jackie loved my father and my father treated him like a dog.’
      • ‘The poor Prime Minister, the dog hasn't even got a bone to show for his efforts.’
      • ‘The actor plays a guy who is sort of - he's treated like a dog by this gangster, his master.’
      • ‘The fact is that Addis was not treated like a dog.’
      • ‘I say it's cruel for us to be treated like dogs in here.’
      • ‘She talked about the prisoners being treated like dogs by the general.’
      • ‘Those people put their lives up for this country - and for them - and they are being forced out into the gutter and being treated like dogs.’
      • ‘I was already treated worse than a dog, letting her see me shed tears, only gave her more opportunities to despise me.’
      • ‘Well if I hired my old headmaster, I'd treat him like a dog.’
      • ‘Why the hell did these cops treat me like a dog in the street?’
      • ‘The schools are good so there's no need to work like a dog to pay school fees.’
      • ‘During the Second World War, he treated Sinclair like a dog.’
      • ‘Tash had enough self-respect to dislike being treated like a stray dog.’
      • ‘He continued by declaring, ‘the dictator must die like a dog, because he deserves it.’’
    3. 2.3offensive A woman regarded as unattractive.
    4. 2.4North American A thing of poor quality; a failure.
      ‘a dog of a movie’
      • ‘If he understands that it's a dog of a deal, why do you think he'd consider supporting it?’
      • ‘I personally still think it is a dog of a deal but I am glad that he has taken the stand that he has.’
      • ‘One of the great mysteries of Australian political life is why a man who is about to dump a dog of a tax system on an unsuspecting public should appear so smug?’
      • ‘There is also an ugly betrayal of Cammie's trust, and, as befits a dog of a play, a shaggy-dog ending.’
      • ‘Move too early, and you might end up backing a dog of a technology.’
      • ‘So how do you choose from the plethora of contracts on offer to ensure you don't get stuck with a dog of a contract?’
      • ‘With a lead clenched less than firmly in his sweaty palm, he then contrived to play a dog of a game in the middle of the second set.’
      • ‘That's why we try to write articles about how to crush on a cutie, find a BF and, yikes, get rid of a dog of a dude before he turns your heart into a pancake.’
      • ‘Sounds like a real dog of a human being to have to deal with.’
      • ‘Through the select committee process we changed what had been a dog of a bill into a much-improved bill.’
      • ‘It's been a dog of a market in the past few months compared with the rest of Asia, but we are still overweight there.’
      • ‘The only question New Zealand First really wants to ask the Minister is why he came to the House for the first reading with such a dog of a bill.’
      • ‘It is a dog of a day, relentless rain and biting cold fraying the nerve ends of men who like to be in perpetual motion.’
      • ‘Never a truer word as, after a dog of a first half, the second period ran rampant on the back of abject defending.’
      failure, disaster, debacle, catastrophe, loser
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  • 3A mechanical device for gripping.

    • ‘The firm have been making grips for years and these dogs here felt so soft and comfortable.’
  • 4dogsNorth American informal Feet.

    ‘if only I could sit down and rest my tired dogs’
    tootsie, trotter
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  • 5

    short for firedog

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Follow (someone or their movements) closely and persistently.

    ‘photographers seemed to dog her every step’
    • ‘Rumours that it may be bought by a private equity group or trade buyer or combination of the two have dogged Allen since the company's formation in 2004.’
    • ‘The riverborne portion of his annual journey was normally its safest part, but this year was different, for someone - or something - was dogging his heels.’
    • ‘Her mother dogged her heels, asking more about her day.’
    • ‘I mean, they seem to be dogging you throughout this entire investigation.’
    • ‘Doyle hopes to prove his new pet theories on the existence of the supernatural, but when a murder takes place, his own drowned ghost reappears to dog him.’
    • ‘The senator complained that he was dogged all week by opponents of the White House plan who dominated news coverage.’
    • ‘When Sampras was taking his first steps to greatness, he had a small gang of hopefuls dogging his footsteps.’
    • ‘Two NBC guys who have spent four months in the desert dogging the division confirmed that this was a very good thing for reporters who want to report on the action.’
    • ‘He is dogged by the determined trio of regional leaders, who want to grab as much from the largest pie as possible.’
    • ‘He laughs about how the police are still - and probably forever - on his tail, even dogging him on his recent US book tour.’
    • ‘Whenever the Democrat arrives in the Midwestern state, he is dogged by a volunteer from the rival campaign dressed as a giant ear of corn.’
    • ‘When you have a leader of his passion and effectiveness, you have a media that's very much tracking him and dogging him and trying to find what they can about him.’
    • ‘That fellow is going to dog him to the gates of St Peters.’
    • ‘If something's upsetting her on the home front, she might be trying to get her moms attention - even if it means dogging her.’
    • ‘It was picture perfect: the sunshine, the breeze, the companionship… and of course, the annoyingly obnoxious group behind us dogging our heels.’
    • ‘The spurned woman shows up on the cruise as well, dogging the newlyweds' footsteps.’
    • ‘Now, by Cavanaugh's estimate, 75 companies were dogging the buyer for the national store account.’
    • ‘Since Sally was the only member of the group who would acknowledge Yap's existence, the little gnome dogged her every step, chattering excitedly.’
    pursue, follow, stalk, track, trail, shadow, hound
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    1. 1.1 (of a problem) cause continual trouble for.
      ‘their finance committee has been dogged by controversy’
      • ‘And I'm concerned about making a bad first impression, because that could dog me for months.’
      • ‘Loneliness, grief and despair dogged her at every turn, seemed to follow always in her wake, just out of sight.’
      • ‘I'm looking for ways to tackle this constant state of feeling tired all the time, which has dogged me for years.’
      • ‘Sadly, his retirement was dogged by health problems.’
      • ‘For the last 5-1/2 years this process has been dogged by problem after problem.’
      • ‘Ever thereafter - following his trip to China in 1972 - he was dogged by the fear of assassination.’
      • ‘Although he was acquitted in 1991, the incident has dogged him ever since.’
      • ‘This criticism dogged him for his entire career.’
      • ‘The school - which has a police officer stationed on site - has been on special measures for five years and has been dogged by problems.’
      • ‘She said one of her hopes was complete recovery from the illness that has dogged her.’
      • ‘I have to admit that this issue has dogged me most of this week.’
      • ‘The system has been dogged with problems since it came on line in 1999.’
      • ‘These allegations are going to dog him on his final campaign bus tour and he didn't want that.’
      • ‘It has dogged him all his life, and has, at different times, overwhelmed and almost broken him.’
      • ‘One tournament win doesn't inspire confidence but his play this week has been exceptional, a total contrast to the self-doubt that dogged him in recent times.’
      • ‘But again and again, he was dogged by scandals of his own making that made him as much of an embarrassment as an asset to the party he served.’
      • ‘As for the criticism which has dogged him all season he replied that as long as the manager believed in him he was happy.’
      • ‘A war that ended 30 years ago still dogs us shaping our debates about fighting an entirely different war.’
      • ‘Shoals of words have been written about the problems dogging our fishing industry - a key generator of revenue.’
      • ‘The trick, you see, is to put what's dogging you into the proper perspective.’
      trouble, disturb, worry, plague, beset, torture, torment, rack, bedevil, nag, vex, harass, pester
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  • 2dog itNorth American informal Act lazily; fail to try one's hardest.

    • ‘His position coach already has said he expects more effort; and he knows folks in St. Louis still say he dogged it last year.’
    • ‘The Americans actually were dogging it late in the third as the Germans led 67-65, but Pierce sank a 10-spot on their heads as a part of a 12-0 run to close the quarter.’
    • ‘I know a lot of people made a big deal out of Jones in the national media, but believe me, he dogged it a lot and didn't seem real eager when he had the chance to run routes and line up at tight end.’
    • ‘He entered the season with a reputation for dogging it when he wasn't the primary receiver.’
    • ‘He loved the game and didn't mind ragging on the players when they were dogging it.’
    • ‘Pavel led the league in goals for the second straight year with 59, even though he dogged it for long portions of the schedule.’
    • ‘Maybe he has been dogging it all these months in hopes of getting a lot of attention and an extra ration of sympathy kibble.’
    • ‘The disturbing thing is, they aren't even really trying here, and you can tell they're already dogging it a bit in favor of dull, formulaic jazzy folk that would later be their poison.’
    • ‘What sticks out is his Santa Claus ability to know who is working hard and who is dogging it.’
    • ‘There were more clashes with the coach after his trade to the Nuggets, including an accusation that he dogged it through his first season in Denver.’
    • ‘Inside the Ravens' building, the consensus is the running back is not dogging it.’
    • ‘I'd rather have the hassle for dogging it than put up with that.’
    • ‘He has dogged it by refusing to debate his ready opponent on the Seven Network this Sunday evening.’
    • ‘But his effort indicated he certainly wasn't dogging it.’
  • 3Grip (something) with a mechanical device.

    with object and complement ‘she has dogged the door shut’
    • ‘Its convex shape and dogging mechanism made it look as though it were an enlarged part of a submarine, scavenged from some terrestrial scrap yard and grafted onto the bulkhead.’
    • ‘There was a muted boom as the Captain closed and dogged the ships inner lock shut behind us.’
    • ‘She places the child inside the engineering space before stepping through herself and dogging the hatch behind her.’
    • ‘They reached a hatch and wasted no time in dogging it down behind them.’
    • ‘She steps through, and closes the hatch, dogging it tightly.’
    • ‘These leaks can sometimes be stopped, at opening ports, anyway, by dogging them down tighter.’
    • ‘If your maintainers open a hatch, be sure they dog it down.’
    • ‘Now, as he stood within the hyperbaric chamber of the minisub, he watched as Clark went about dogging the hatches.’
    • ‘The hatch closed, they dogged it, and checked to make sure everyone was in the seats lining the walls.’

Phrases

  • dog eat dog

    • Used to refer to a situation of fierce competition in which people are willing to harm each other in order to succeed.

      ‘in this business, it's always dog eat dog’
      ‘popular music is a dog-eat-dog industry’
      • ‘It's dog eat dog in this division, as we've already seen.’
      • ‘It's dog eat dog, the wonder of free market capitalism in its purest form.’
      • ‘It was a dog eat dog world, where everything was a competition.’
      • ‘It's a dog eat dog world out there and the young need the best qualifications they can get.’
      • ‘So there's a harsh side to the real world of competition; where competition's fierce, it can be dog eat dog.’
      • ‘They say that in the corporate world it's dog eat dog.’
      • ‘It's a dog eat dog situation even in the law enforcers' world.’
      • ‘‘It's very quiet, the standard is unbelievably high and it's dog eat dog,’ says Maguire.’
      • ‘Labor was effective when it employed direct action against the capitalists, posed a principled and inspirational solidarity movement against the dog eat dog values of the obscenely rich.’
      • ‘‘It's the most dog eat dog market there is,’ he acknowledges.’
      merciless, pitiless, cruel, heartless, hard-hearted, hard, stony-hearted, stony, with a heart of stone, cold-blooded, cold-hearted, harsh, callous, severe, unmerciful, unrelenting, unsparing, unforgiving, unfeeling, uncaring, unsympathetic, uncharitable, lacking compassion
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  • a dog's age

    • informal A very long time.

      ‘the best I've seen in a dog's age’
      • ‘I was out running last-minute errands this afternoon and ran into a guy I used to work with who I haven't seen in a dog's age.’
      • ‘Later that same Sunday, I went to the first major comix/sci-fi convention to come to Boston in a dog's age.’
      • ‘You see, lead in high enough amounts is toxic to the extreme, not to mention fatal, which is why it hasn't been used in a dog's age.’
      • ‘They are taking a dog's age to sort out getting me a tenant and as I passed the six-month anniversary of not living there any more I thought it was time to get someone else on the case.’
      • ‘I'm going to have to stop uploading pictures to this site soon or the front page will take a dog's age to load.’
      • ‘It was some of the funniest stuff I'd seen in a dog's age.’
      • ‘If you've never seen them before, or haven't seen them in a dog's age, then check out that link.’
      • ‘So I've resolved to make use of my day by actually writing some of the stupid top-secret fiction thing which has been hanging albatross-like around my neck for a dog's age.’
      • ‘I'd known him for a dog's age but a little bit of Jer went a long way.’
      • ‘I haven't actually listened to his speech in a dog's age, but my recollection is that his phrasing actually went like this.’
  • a dog's life

    • An unhappy existence, full of problems or unfair treatment.

      • ‘Selling wine is a dog's life, but some manage it with integrity’
      • ‘The payment of salaries is quite often irregular and it is a dog's life for the majority of labourers who go in search of a fortune across the seas.’
      • ‘He is leading a dog's life at the moment.’
      • ‘Next time you are fed up with the world and say in disgust that it's a dog's life, think twice.’
      • ‘Ah me, thought Clarence it's a dog's life and decided that on balance the thing to do was sleep.’
      • ‘The self-evident fact that the numbers applying for asylum correlate precisely with countries where a dog's life would be a step up is of no account.’
      • ‘And the man on street (literally and figuratively) has a dog's life.’
      • ‘Face it, it's a dog's life having to raid the dressing-up box for a living.’
  • the dogs of war

    • literary The havoc accompanying military conflict.

      • ‘He has no reason to let loose the dogs of war on his neighbours.’
      • ‘If Washington calls off the dogs of war, the companies will be allowed to immediately return.’
      • ‘Europe can only keep at bay the dogs of war that tore it asunder twice in the last century if all its parts work intimately with each other.’
      • ‘The siren song in any war on terror is ‘let slip the dogs of war.’’
      • ‘One problem with loosing the dogs of war is that sometimes it's hard to get them back on the leash.’
      • ‘Possible suspensions of civil liberties are something we should all be keeping an eye on now, watchdogs among the dogs of war.’
      • ‘And with the dogs of war in full cry, no politicians in their right mind dared come out in favor of allowing tax dodgers to stick their hands in Uncle Sam's pockets.’
      • ‘They hate having to break from a comfortable routine and they will cry havoc and loose the dogs of war on anybody who tries to take something from them.’
      • ‘Unless we can leash the dogs of war, new kinds of instability will result from this war for peace.’
      • ‘A peace process does not invariably produce a settlement, but it usually keeps the dogs of war at bay.’
  • go to the dogs

    • informal Deteriorate shockingly.

      ‘the country is going to the dogs’
      • ‘Law and order went to the dogs after the Whitlam social experiments of excessive welfare, booming populations of single mothers, poor discipline in schools.’
      • ‘Unfortunately not only the army but the country also eventually went to the dogs.’
      • ‘Although the city has developed by leaps and bounds over the years, the cleanliness for which it was known has gone to the dogs, says the collector.’
      • ‘Everybody had to run hard to keep up the real level of their own earnings, while the country went to the dogs.’
      • ‘I do not believe that our economy has gone to the dogs as a mistake.’
      • ‘When the factories closed, everything went to the dogs.’
      • ‘As Anna and I used to say at work, this place has gone to the dogs.’
      • ‘They feel that their countries have gone to the dogs under the leadership of the present generation of politicians.’
      • ‘But, to be honest, I'm not stupid, that team has gone to the dogs.’
      • ‘As an adult I love wearing them now my eyesight has gone to the dogs.’
      deteriorate, be in decline, degenerate, decay
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  • have a dog in the fight

    • usually with negativeBe affected by or have a particular interest in the outcome of a situation.

      ‘you don't even live here, therefore you don't have a dog in this fight’
  • not a dog's chance

    • No chance at all.

      • ‘He says, ‘They are not to blame, they have not a dog's chance - we should be like them if we settled here.’’
      • ‘There is not a dog's chance of that happening.’
      • ‘There is not a dog's chance of the country recovering to the top half of the organisation within a decade.’
      • ‘The Government did aim at that objective, but it has now had to acknowledge that there is not a dog's chance of meeting it.’
  • put on the dog

    • informal Behave in a pretentious or ostentatious way.

      ‘we have to put on the dog for Anne Marie’
      • ‘Al, with his short curly hair greased back, was putting on the dog and crooning a ballad into a microphone.’
      • ‘The CEO put on the dog today as he welcomed customers to the enterprise software company's annual users' conference.’
      • ‘Because the companies usually have inked deals before the show with key licensees, why drag the whole staff and put on the dog for three dizzying days?’
      • ‘I suppose I should have worked harder to raise money and put on the dog a little more, but the truth is, I was having too much fun and didn't want to take the time.’
  • throw someone to the dogs

    • Discard someone as worthless.

      ‘the weak and oppressed must not be thrown to the dogs’
      • ‘She devoted her life to you and you threw her to the dogs!’
      • ‘Then the punters, who have encouraged every vice or flaw, hold up their hands in mock outrage and throw them to the dogs.’
      • ‘The clear inference was that the Island authorities got wind of the investigation and decided to throw him to the dogs.’
      • ‘You threw me to the dogs and now I'm running from the pack.’
      • ‘Just as Joanna is ready to throw him to the dogs, she meets another equally sceptical figure in the shape of Bobbie.’
      • ‘I'm willing to throw him to the dogs for leaking about our listening in on the terrorist's satellite phones.’
      • ‘They are already trying to protect Hannah with denials he could possibly have been involved, presumably meaning that they would be willing to throw Libby to the dogs.’
      • ‘I could tell that Jeremiah was planning on throwing me to the dogs.’
      • ‘If the film is a hit, it's okay, but if it is not, they are thrown to the dogs.’
      • ‘If he plans for us to do anything more… I'll help you throw him to the dogs.’
  • you can't teach an old dog new tricks

    • proverb You cannot make people change their established patterns of opinion and behavior.

      • ‘‘Well, you can't teach an old dog new tricks,’ Ghost said, ‘But for some, there are exceptions.’’
      • ‘Like they say, you can't teach an old dog new tricks.’
      • ‘He has surprised many by defying the adage that you can't teach an old dog new tricks by adopting a more attacking approach than he normally favours for his teams.’
      • ‘Teddy's 75th minute free-kick which wrapped up England's victory had ‘Beckham’ stamped right through it to disprove the theory that you can't teach an old dog new tricks.’
      • ‘But I say that you can't teach an old dog new tricks.’
      • ‘They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but this winter they are finally going to be proven wrong.’
      • ‘I wonder if sometimes doctors think it's unsuitable because they think you can't teach an old dog new tricks.’
      • ‘There is something to be said for that old saying that you can't teach an old dog new tricks.’
      • ‘They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but, apparently, you can take some old film ideas and give them a new twist.’
      • ‘The latter may account for the fact that it is more difficult for elderly people to learn new motor skills; in other words, you can't teach an old dog new tricks.’
  • every dog has its day

    • proverb Everyone will have good luck or success at some point in their lives.

      • ‘As I said to him after the game, every dog has his day and fair dues to them.’
      • ‘There comes a time to stop, every dog has its day, and I think I have had mine.’
      • ‘I'm aware that, very, very occasionally a performance is given which astonishes us all, but every dog has his day, and England's problem is having too few of these.’
      • ‘‘Well, you know what they say… every dog has its day,’ he pointed out.’
      • ‘In parallel with his ascendancy to the top of the NFL tree went his present team, their unlikely transformation from zeroes to heroes last season illustrating that every dog has its day.’
      • ‘However, no sooner had I written this than I get to find out every dog has his day, right?’
      • ‘It's not nice to keep losing but every dog has its day.’
      • ‘After many weeks of shooting in the high 120's and hitting the ball like a dog, his first win for over 2 years proved that every dog has its day.’
      • ‘But every dog has his day I guess so this one could be it.’
      • ‘It is said that every dog has his day and it has been a long time between barks for Dick - so well done!’
  • hair of the dog

    • informal An alcoholic drink taken to cure a hangover.

      • ‘I'm sure we'll be there, indulging in mad gayness and a little hair of the dog.’
      • ‘Down the ages, there have been numerous ‘folk’ cures and remedies for hangovers, one of the best known being ‘the hair of the dog that bit you’ - another drink on waking.’
      • ‘They also had steaming mugs of hot coffee, laced with a hair of the dog that bit them for fortification.’
      • ‘The team also experimented with the hair of the dog - or drinking a little more alcohol in the morning.’
      • ‘I started the day off trying to stave off my hangover with the hair of the dog.’
      • ‘Have you ever taken a drink in the morning to relieve the symptoms of alcohol (commonly known as hair of the dog or an eye-opener)?’
      • ‘A heavy night of drinking might be followed by a glass of salted water poured from the jar containing pickled cucumbers - a well-tested Russian hangover cure - accompanied by a shot of vodka as hair of the dog.’
      • ‘No need for hair of the dog and standing against accusations of being an alcoholic that way.’
      • ‘The hair of the dog that bit you is a dangerous slope but try a classic Bloody Mary, including basil leaves, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, two shots of vodka and four shots of tomato juice.’
      • ‘Well, a little hair of the dog would settle that.’
  • let sleeping dogs lie

    • Avoid interfering in a situation that is currently causing no problems but might do so as a result of such interference.

      • ‘But ages ago, he had learned to let sleeping dogs lie, so he wouldn't disturb the peace between his eldest and youngest.’
      • ‘Maybe I would end up wishing I had let sleeping dogs lie.’
      • ‘Somebody sent me an email that said this was all the fault of the U.S. because ‘we should have let sleeping dogs lie.’’
      • ‘I think it would have been better to let sleeping dogs lie.’
      • ‘I will let sleeping dogs lie and wish the man all the best in the world.’
      • ‘But then maybe it's best to let sleeping dogs lie.’
      • ‘And God also seems to have the highest expectations of us, not settling for second-best or letting sleeping dogs lie.’
      • ‘I'll let sleeping dogs lie for a bit on that front.’
      • ‘So the Labor party is merely going along with the masses by letting sleeping dogs lie.’
      • ‘The most bankrupt excuse is that these events took place a long time ago, eyewitness accounts may differ, and it is best to let sleeping dogs lie.’
  • rain cats and dogs

    • Rain very hard.

      • ‘‘It'll be raining cats and dogs in a minute ‘she muttered to herself.’’
      • ‘It was raining cats and dogs, and my bike had died on me.’
      • ‘‘Thank goodness we're not out there,’ said Tom, hugging his knees to his chest, ‘its raining cats and dogs in the city!’’
      • ‘The first barricaded suspect situation I attended was, as I recall, on a dark and stormy night, in fact it was raining cats and dogs.’
      • ‘‘It was dry an hour before the race, and then the skies opened up and it rained cats and dogs,’ Kim told them a few minutes after the race.’
      • ‘It had been raining cats and dogs from morning and they must have known before hand that the wet weather posed a danger of shock or slipping on stage.’
      • ‘It just started raining cats and dogs, so I doesn't look like I'll be going anytime soon.’
      • ‘No kind of threats, cajoling or convincing can get a line-man to scamper up an electric post or poke at a blown fuse when it is raining cats and dogs.’
      • ‘It might rain cats and dogs during the few monsoon days of the city, but water supply during summer months is still a suspect issue.’
      • ‘I already told you it was raining cats and dogs and I'm worried that the computer is going to crash or that the power is going to go off.’
      pour, pour down, pelt down, tip down, teem down, beat down, lash down, sheet down, come down, come down in sheets, come down in torrents, rain cats and dogs
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  • (as) sick as a dog

    • informal Extremely ill.

      • ‘Back in the saddle again, after being sick as a dog all week.’
      • ‘That night, Zach was looking better, but still sick as a dog.’
      • ‘At times, when I was lying on my hospital bed being pumped full of chemotherapy drugs that made me as sick as a dog and caused my hair to fall out, I used to close my eyes and dream I was somewhere else.’
      • ‘I did not write any more this week because I was sick as a dog.’
      • ‘I arrived sick as a dog and played the first few games with a high fever, mowing everyone down with unnerving ease.’
      • ‘I've spent the last week trying to do as little as possible, because I've been sick as a dog.’
      • ‘I have been sick as a dog - still have the bronchitis going, but the worst part is an unbelievably sore throat - so bad that I literally cannot swallow, talk, etc.’
      • ‘But as little as I like him, I don't think he'd have been willing to make himself sick as a dog just for a little personal drama.’
      • ‘What amazed me was he was sick as a dog, but if a school was coming the next day, he'd put on his suit and get out there.’
      • ‘Yeah well, I spent the next two days sick as a dog, and Nurse Hatchmore found our why.’

Origin

Old English docga, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

dog

/dôɡ//dɔɡ/