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What does the idiom Gone to the dogs mean?
To dog means the same as to hound --- since both are dogs. When a dog/hound/wolf or other canine is hunting, it will stay on whatever it's chasing and run after it until it is… exhausted. Therefore, to dog or hound means to stay on the trail, to keep after someone, not to give up until something's done.
Go to the Dogs - to decline in looks or health; to be ruined or destroyed Origin: As far back as the 1500s, food that was not thought to be suitable for human consumpti…on was thrown to the dogs. The expression caught on and expanded to include any person or thing that came to a bad end, was ruied, or looked terrible.
It's what the page of a book looks like when you turn the corner down - you say that the page is "dog-eared." It should also be noted there is a similar-sounding expression, "…dog years"-- which refers to an erroneous (but widely believed) claim about how dogs age: it is believed by many that one human year equals seven dog years.
"Going to the dogs" means going bad. You would say "Man, that shop has really gone to the dogs - I don't even want to go inside any more." The expression 'gone to the dogs' m…eans that someone or something exhibits very much lower standards than previously or was expected. Origin: As far back as the 1500s, food that was not thought to be suitable for human consumption was thrown to the dogs. The expression caught on and expanded to include any person or thing that came to a bad end, was ruied, or looked terrible.
There is no specific idiom that says "cats and dogs." There are a couple that have those words in it -- which one did you mean?
gone to the dogs means somethings gone alittle crazy like at a party everyones being just fine then a guy comes in and starts a rucuss that's kind of like gone to the dogs
The expression 'dog in a manger' comes from a fable of the same name written by Aesop, who was possibly Ethiopian but spent much of his life in Athens. It is not known exactly… when the first of Aesop's fables were written as the fables were originally handed down from one generation to the next just like a myth or a legend. It is, however, believed that Aesop lived from about 620 to 560 B.C. Fables are short stories which illustrate a particular moral and teach a lesson to children. The theme and characters appeal to children and the stories are often humorous and entertaining. Fables can also be described as tales or yarns which have a message in their narrative such as a parable might have. Fables can often pass into our culture as myths and legends. This particular fable goes something like this: A Dog looking out for its afternoon nap jumped into the manger of an ox and lay there cosily upon the straw. But soon the ox, returning fom its afternoon work, came up to the manger and wanted to eat some of the straw. The dog, angry at being awakened from its slumber, stood up and barked at the Ox, and whenever it came near attempted to bite it. At last the Ox had to give up the hope of getting at the straw, and went away hungry. The expression means that people often begrudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.
Beyond retrieval. Like when you loan money to a chronic deadbeat friend.
It means that the standards once held have deteriorated. i.e.The house and its standards have just dropped to an all time low
It means a person is extremely tired or totally drained. Ex: All that yard work today, in the hot sun, has me dog-tired! Derived from the fact that dogs are always panting, wi…th thier tongues out, as if they were really tired.
A 'dog in a manger' is a term often used towards someone who spoils enjoyment for others but gets no advantage themselves. Imagine a dog sitting in a manger preventing the hor…se from eating the hay. The dog cannot eat the hay itself but is resentlful of the horse enjoying its meal so it lays in the manger to spite the horse. These 'dogs' are usually jealous bitter people.
It refers to being extremely sick. The idiom compares a human's very uncomfortable illness (like the flu or a bad virus) with how ill a dog gets when it eats something it is n…ot supposed to eat and often gets a very severe reaction.
In one word: dead.
Before dogs became the pampered pets that they are today, they were fed leftovers, scraps and food that would have otherwise been discarded. Therefore, something that's "g…oing to the dogs" is deteriorating quickly and will soon be worthless, if it isn't already. (One can just imagine a medieval lady accidently dropping a bowl of stew on a dirty floor and exclaiming, "Well, that's going to the dogs!" My favorite band used to regularly turn out hit songs, but lately their music has gone to the dogs.
"Sleeping in the doghouse" refers to the figurative fate of a spouse, usually a husband, who has offended their partner or made a significant mistake. The error is so egre…gious that, instead of being relegated to the couch for the night, the guilty spouse should be forced to spend the night outside in the cold, damp confines of the doghouse, a fit punishment for his "crime."
The meaning of the idiom here today gone tomorrow is soon over or forgotten; short-lived.