One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she went for long walks with her dog’
hound, canine, mongrel, cur, tyke
bitch, pup, puppy, whelp
informal doggy, pooch, mutt
Australian informal mong, bitzer
1‘they dogged him the length and breadth of the country’
pursue, follow, stalk, track, trail, shadow, hound
plague, beset, bedevil, assail, beleaguer, blight, trouble, torment, haunt
‘this country is definitely going to the dogs’
deteriorate, be in decline, degenerate, decay
collapse, slump, slip, slide, go downhill, go backwards, go to rack and ruin, stagnate, wane, ebb
go to pot, hit the skids, go down the toilet, go down the tubes
go to the pack
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