A couple of months ago, we adopted a dog. She shed, drooled, and piddled her way into our hearts very quickly. We made an emergency, out of town run to the groomer recently, at which point I said, “Our bank account has gone to the dogs.” So has my housekeeping, because she sheds faster than I can clean, but neither thing bothers me. I’m so happy to have the little fur ball, I’ll take the bad with the good.
The phrase “Gone to the dogs” got me thinking about all of the dog idioms out there. And since I'm contemplating a story with dogs as featured players, I made a list of phrases with their meanings.
Gone to the dogs: State of decline.
Call off the dogs: Stop the attack.
Thrown to the dogs: Abandon someone to the enemy.
Sick as a dog: Really sick.
Let sleeping dogs lie: Leave well enough alone.
Hair of the dog: Hangover remedy.
If you lie with dogs, you’ll get fleas: Bad influence of others.
It’s a dog eat dog world: Stiff competition.
Low down dirty dog: Insert name here.
And finally, Who let the dogs out?: A song by Baha Men that refers to randy men. Not men named Randy.
I know there are others. What “dog” idioms have you heard and what do they mean?