English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - D
|dog and pony show||A dog and pony show is a marketing event or presentation which has plenty of style but not much content.|
|dog in the manger||A person referred
to as a dog in the manger is
someone who stops others from enjoying
something he/she cannot use or doesn't want.
She hates the guitar so she won't allow her son to learn to play it
- a real dog in the manger!
|dog with two tails||If someone is
like a dog with two tails, they are
When Paul won the first prize he was like a dog with two tails.
|every dog has its day||This expression
means that everyone can be successful at
something at some time in their life.
I didn't win this time, but I'll be lucky one day. Every dog has its day.
|give a dog a bad name||People who lose
their reputation have difficulty regaining
it because others continue to blame or
Tom was suspected as usual. Give a dog a bad name!
|old dog for a hard road||This expression
means that experience is invaluable when one
is faced with a difficult task.
The case calls for an experienced lawyer - an old dog for a hard road.
|small dog, tall weeds||This expression is
used to refer to someone who does not have
the ability or the resources necessary to
perform a task.
It may be too difficult for the trainee - small dog, tall weeds!
|why keep a dog and bark yourself?||This expression
means that if someone or something can do a
task for you, there's no reason to do it
My grandmother has an electric mixer but she continues to make her cakes by hand. Why keep a dog and bark yourself?
|dog's breakfast||To describe
something as a dog's breakfast
means that it is a complete mess.
The new secretary made a dog's breakfast out of the filing system.
|dog's life||People use this
expression when complaining about a
situation or job which they find unpleasant
It's a dog's life working in the after-sales department.
|go to the dogs||To say that a
company, organisation or country is
going to the dogs means that it is
becoming less successful or efficient then
Some people think the company will go to the dogs if it is nationalized.
|my dogs are barking||When a person says
that their dogs are barking they
mean that their feet are hurting.
I've been shopping all day. My dogs are barking!
|let sleeping dogs lie||
If you tell someone to let sleeping dogs
lie, you are asking them not to
interfere with a situation because they
could cause problems.
Look - they've settled their differences. It's time to let sleeping dogs lie.
|doggie bag||A bag provided by a
restaurant so that you can take the leftover
food home with you is called a doggie
(or doggy) bag.
The portions were so big that I decided to ask for a doggie bag.
|in the doghouse||If you are in
the doghouse, someone is angry with you
because you have done something wrong.
Mark is in the doghouse because he damaged his father's car.
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