It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there but the dog days are over so here’s the best dog gone list you’ve ever seen! I just used 3 dog phrases in one sentence! Was it a stretch? Yes. Did I like it? Absolutely. Here are the best dog phrases around:
- Dog days: the hottest time of the year or a period of stagnation or inactivity.
Now I understand why Florence and the Machine sang, “The dog days are over!”
- Hangdog: sad, depressed or hung over
I didn’t know what this meant until my mom and I had one too many margaritas one night. She told me I was “hang doggin’ it” the next day. Thanks for teaching me so much, mom!
- In the doghouse: in trouble or in someone’s disfavor
Here’s how you can use it in a sentence, “I had to sleep on the couch last night. I’m in the doghouse.” It’s not fun to be in the doghouse, y’all.
- Underdog: one that is expected to lose a contest or struggle, in sports or politics; one that is at a disadvantage
Remember the song “Underdog” by Spoon? I love that song. I don’t love being the underdog. Why are all of these idioms negative?
- My dogs are barking: my feet hurt
This is a weird one. Why are dogs associated with feet? Dogs don’t even have feet. They have paws and their paws can’t bark. What’s happening? Who made this up?
- Top dog: the person in charge or in power
My dog is definitely the top dog in the house. I am not in control at all. (PS see this post to answer the question if you rule your dog’s life or if your dog rules your life.)
- Dog-eat-dog: cruel, highly competitive
This is the Hunger Games of dog idioms. It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there.
- Three-dog-night: in the old days of central heating, a night so cold it took 3 dogs sleeping with you to warm the bed
This is extremely literal and I like it.
Well, there you have it. The best dog idioms around! Do you have any others that you love to use? Tell us in the comments section below!