live or lead a dog’s life
- a miserable and unpleasant life
- a miserable, unhappy existence
- to lead a drab or boring life
- Mark’s been leading a dog’s life since he was fired from the job.
- He’s been living a dog’s life since his wife left him.
- Poor Richard really leads a dog’s life.
- I’ve been working so hard. I’m tired of living a dog’s life.
- I’ve got to go to the market, then cook a meal, then pick Davis up from the airport – it’s a dog’s life.
This Idiomatic expression was first recorded in a 16th-century manuscript and alluded to the miserable subservient existence of dogs during this era. By the 1660s, there was a proverb: “It’s a dog’s life, hunger and ease.”
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Meaning: extreme circumstances can only be resolved by equally extreme actions
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