English Idioms - This post contains idioms that involve dogs!
“Gone to the dogs” - Boy, this place has really gone to the dogs since the new manager took over.
- This is another way of saying that things aren’t great, and definitely not like they used to be. It’s a negative.
“Doggy bag” - I see you didn’t finish your meal, would you like a doggy bag?
- Americans have a bad habit of feeding people food to their pets. Some restaurants actually have a picture of a dog on the take-away bag to take your leftovers home.
“Let sleeping dogs lie” - I know you want to discuss the matter with him, but it’s best to let sleeping dogs lie.
- This is a little more obvious. You really should never wake a dog that’s asleep, it may not work out in your favor.
“Sick as a dog” - I’m sick as a dog today.
- Picture a dog that isn’t being cared for and looks like it hasn’t had a bath or a decent meal in a long time. (And then take care of that dog! And yourself!)
“Bark is worse than the bite” - Don’t mind him, his bark is worse than his bite!
- Someone might sound really mean, but they’re actually a very kind and gentle person.
(There are so many more, but space is limited 🤣)
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