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Where Did The Expression "Dog Eat Dog" Originate From

Updated on September 5, 2011
"Dog Eat Dog" Cartoon. From Google Images.
"Dog Eat Dog" Cartoon. From Google Images.

Dog Does Not Eat Dog

“Dog does not eat dog” is an old proverb originating prior to 1858. This proverb was changed in 1931 to “dog eat dog”. It was thought that the updated expression was a reflection and a metaphor of how people generally related to society. That society had become vicious and very competitive. Not surprising, since the end of World War I brought the Great Depression.

AC/DC Hard Rock Band.  Picture from Google Images.
AC/DC Hard Rock Band. Picture from Google Images.

Modern Expressions in Our Society

In 1977, the hard rock band, AC/DC released a song “Dog Eat Dog”, written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Ben Scott.



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