Idioms related to dogs
Last Modified: 06/02/2018
Do you remember? An idiom is a group of words in a fixed order that have a particular meaning that is different from the meanings of each word on its own.
There's an old English saying that says, ‘A dog is a man's best friend’. But do you know that there are idioms using the word ‘dog’? See if you have heard of these:
- You ask someone to 'call off the dogs' when you want them to stop attacking or criticising another person.
- If it is a 'dog-eat-dog' situation, people will do anything to be successful, even if what they do harms to other people.
- When someone is disappointed with their lives, you can say 'every dog has its day' to encourage them - this means that everyone will be successful or happy at some time in their life.
- You 'let sleeping dogs lie' when you don't want to talk about things which have caused problems in the past or to leave something alone if it might cause trouble.
- You can say you have to 'see a man about a dog' when you need to leave but you don't want to tell the real reason.
- You 'are like a dog with two tails' if, say, your favourite team won the match as you are very happy about the result.
- If a country or organisation is 'going to the dogs', it is becoming less successful than it was in the past.
- You can describe a situation as 'tail wagging the dog' if something important is being decided or controlled by something less important.
- Someone 'works like a dog' if that person is working very hard.
- You may not want to go out if it is 'raining cats and dogs' as it is raining very heavily.