Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Dog In Popular Culture - Day 1: Idioms

Have you ever thought about how often we use dog-related expressions in everyday conversation?

Well, here's a preview - and it's a pretty long list! Has our art of conversation just about gone to the dogs?!

Bark up the wrong tree
A barking dog never bites
Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion
Big dog
Bird dog
Call off the dogs
Crooked as a dog's hind leg
Dirty dog
Dog and pony show
The dog ate my homework
A dog's breakfast
Dog days of summer
Dog does not eat dog
Dog eat dog world
Dog in the manger
Dog it
Dog-faced liar
A dog's life
Dogged me
Done up or dressed up like a dog's dinner
Every dog has its day
Fight like cat and dog
Give a dog a bad name
Go to the dogs
Hair of the dog that bit you
Happy as a flea in a doghouse
Have a bone to pick
Hot dog!
Hounds of hell
If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas
In the dog house
Let sleeping dogs lie
Like a blind dog in a meat market
Like a dog with a bone
Like a dog with two tails
Like dog's breath
Love me, love my dog
Lucky dog
Meaner than a junkyard dog
My dogs are barking
Not have a dog's chance
Put a dog off the scent
Put on the dog
Quick as a dog can lick a dish
Raining cats and dogs
Sad as a hound dog's eye
See a man about a dog
Shaggy dog story
Shouldn't happen to a dog
Sick as a dog
Tail wagging the dog
There's life in the old dog yet
Throw you a bone
Throw someone to the dogs
Top dog
Two (or three) dog night
Wag the dog
Went off with his tail between his legs
Why keep a dog and bark yourself?
Work like a dog
You can't teach an old dog new tricks

If you're curious, and looking for the meanings and origins of this particular list of expressions, check out the post on Dog Idioms, over at Cesar's Way.

Throwing you a bone,


  1. I like this post and also like to know about different cultural dog.

  2. This post shows you have a great experience about dogs nature and varieties.Thats a very impressive.