Dog

dog’s life

Meaning: a miserable and unpleasant life

Example: Mark's been leading a dog's life since he was fired from the job. Read on

fight like cat and dog

Meaning: argue jealously and violently all the time

Example: The married couple fought like cat and dog the entire time they were together. Read on

barking dogs seldom bite

Meaning: to threaten someone, but not take action or follow through with threats

Example: "I haven't finished my maths homework. You know what Mr Peterson is like, he'll shout so loud they will hear him in the next town."
"Yes, but barking dogs seldom bite. It's just his way." Read on

you can’t teach an old dog new tricks

Meaning: you cannot make others change their habits

Example: I tried to make my grandmother learn how to use a smartphone but it was just like you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Read on

love me, love my dog

Meaning: to accept someone unconditionally

Example: My parents share a very straightforward relationship, it is like love me, love my dog. They accept each other exactly the way they are in person. Read on

wag the dog

Meaning: to divert attention from something that is bad

Example: The prime minister keeps wagging the dog to keep people from actually finding out about the scam and its details. Read on

all bark and no bite

Meaning: threatening, aggressive, but not willing to engage in a fight

Example: I heard he has threatened you with dire consequences if you don not stop that construction. Don't worry, he is all bark and no bite. Read on

dog days

Meaning: hot, sultry days

Example: During the dog days of summer, people prefer to remain indoors and go out as little as possible. Read on

puppy love

Meaning: a mild infatuation, or a crush

Example: Most teenagers are quick to fall in love and expect it to last a lifetime, but of course it is puppy love and they soon fall out of it. Read on

sick as a dog

Meaning: To be very sick.

Example: You should not go to study with him today. He seemed to be as sick as a dog according to his friends. Read on

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ups and downs

Meaning: good times and bad times

Example: Every relationship has its ups and downs. It is important to stick it out. Read on

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