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What is an idiom
There are a number of idioms that are related to dogs and some are derogatory or negative, but some however can be positive and complimentary.
An idiom is a phrase or an expression that cannot be taken literally.
When you use an idiom in everyday language, then it has a different meaning than the basic meaning or definition of the words as found in a dictionary.
An example of this might be "break a leg." If taken literally, then you are being told to break your leg. However, this phrase, or idiom is often used by actors to say "Do well" before they go out on stage.
I hope that enjoy this lens as much as I have in putting it together.
"As Sick as a Dog"
A way of saying that someone is very sick / ill.
"Done up like a dog's dinner"
Wearing clothes that are over the top - usually too fussy or silly for the event being attended.
"Be like a dog with a bone."
To be relentless, to never stop.
In The Dog House
A way of saying that a person is in trouble.
"Tail Wagging The Dog"
meaning that a small part is controlling the whole of something.
"Love me Love my Dog."
A way of saying that you should love everything, and accept everything about the person you love.
"As Mean as a Junk Yard Dog."
A way of saying that a person is very mean.
Dog Does Not Eat Dog"
Meaning: not to turn on your own kind. Usually associated with someone disreputable.
"Better the head of a dog than the tail of a lion"
A way of a saying that it is better to be the leader of a small or low ranking group, than be a subordinate in a higher or more prestigious group.
Dog Idioms - from BBC Learning English - YouTube
"A Dogs Breakfast"
When something is done very badly.
Number eleven"A Shaggy Dog Story!"
Meaning: a story that can be funny, but usually ends up being ridiculously lengthy.
"Every Dog Has its Day."
A way of expressing that it is inevitable that everyone will have at least one moment of glory in their lifetime.
A way of saying that someone is at a disadvantage and likely to lose a contest.
Some say that there is a star called the "dog star" that can only be seen during a hot period of summer.
Barking Up The Wrong Tree.
Meaning: to be pursuing an incorrect course of action.
"To See a Man about a Dog."
A way of saying that you do not really want to tell them where you are going.
"If You Lie Down With Dogs, You Get Up With Fleas."
A way of issuing a warning to someone - to say that if they do dangerous things they will have to suffer the consequence.
"A Dog and Pony Show.."
To lay on an elaborate presentation with the hope of gaining approval for something such as a product.
"A Barking Dog Never Bites."
A way of saying that a person who makes constant threats, rarely carries them out.
"Be Like a Dog With Two Tails."
To be very happy.