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Dog eat dog – 10 expresiones para el año del perro

While we are already in the second month of the new year, China are just gearing up to celebrate theirs.  The Chinese New Year begins on Friday the 16th of February and the celebrations last for two weeks.  The Chinese New Year is based on a 12 year rotation of celebrated animals, and this year’s animal is… the year of the dog.  So in honour of man’s best friend let’s take a look at 10 English idioms based on the dog…

1)Working like a dog: working very hard. Example: September is our busiest month and we all have to work like dogs.

 2) Let sleeping dogs lie: to leave disagreements in the past, or to not say something that might start up an argument again. Example: We don’t agree on that point but we’ve decided to let sleeping dogs lie and we’re not going to discuss the matter any further.

 3) Hair of the dog: an alcoholic drink to help cure a hangover. Example: A mimosa with brunch will help you feel better: hair of the dog.  

 4) Dog eat dog: a competitive situation where people will do anything to succeed, even if it means harming others. Example: I heard what’s going to be in the exam but I’m not going to tell anyone, it’s dog eat dog.

5) Dog days: the summer months when the days are the hottest/a period of inactivity and stagnation. Example: I will start to look  for a job in September, once the dog days are over.

6) (Someone’s) bark is worse than (their) bite: Someone appears scarier than they actually are. Example: Don’t be afraid to ask Mr Smith for help with the homework, his bark is worse than his bite.

 7) A lapdog: a person or thing controlled by, or in service to, someone else. Example: That newspaper is the government’s lapdog, everything they publish is biased.

 8) Like a dog with a bone: stubborn and persistent. Example: She keeps asking me what her birthday present is, she’s like a dog with a bone.

 9) You can’t teach an old dog new tricks: it’s difficult to change someone’s behaviour or character. Example: I keep telling my dad to whatsapp me instead of calling me but you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

10) Raining cats and dogs: raining very heavily. Example: Let’s wait to go to the shop, it’s raining cats and dogs out there.

Gong Xi Fa Cai (Happy New Year in Mandarin) from everyone at GNP!

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Vocabulario de interés

(verb) to gear up: to prepare for

(idiom) man’s best friend: dogs

(phrasal verb) to start up: to begin

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