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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Meaning: It refers to animals that are of use to human beings, mostly used to address dogs.
Example: When his dog died he cried for many days in the memory of his only best friend. Read on
Meaning: its best to leave a situation as it is if disturbing it might cause trouble
Example: As Eliza was in good spirits that morning, Andy decided not to bring up the argument they had last night. It was best to let sleeping dogs lie. Read on