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Hi, I am Georgiana, founder of And I've been helping you speak English since 2011. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.I help people develop their fluency in English using effective and proven techniques, such as mini-story and point-of-view techniques. I am als… read more


#267 Dog idioms in English part2


Hi, everyone! Thanks for joining me for another episode. I'm Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of

Today, we're continuing our journey of expressions inspired by man's best friend: the dog. And with a fun point-of-view story, you will improve your grammar in context.

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Our first phrase is dogged determination. When someone shows dogged determination, they're incredibly persistent, not giving up easily. It's like a dog who won't let go of its favorite toy.

Next, we have 'the hair of the dog.' This means taking a bit of alcohol to ease a hangover. It's a humorous way to suggest that a little of what caused your problem might help solve it.

Moving on, a dog in the manger is an expression for someone who doesn't want others to enjoy something they don't need or use.

And then there's the saying, 'You can't teach an old dog new tricks.' It suggests that teaching someone new things is challenging, especially if they're set in their ways. However, never let that stop you from learning!

Let's continue!

Ever been so exhausted you can barely stand? That's being dog-tired

If everything is a mess, you'd say it's a dog's breakfast or a dog's dinner. For instance, you are trying to bake a cake and ending up with flour all over the kitchen!

Sometimes, people feel they're dogged by bad luck, meaning they feel misfortune is constantly following them. 

On a fun note, dog and bone is playful rhyming slang for 'phone.' So, if you're chatting on your dog and bone, you're on your phone!

If you can't finish your meal, you might ask for a doggie bag to take the leftovers home when dining out. 

And dog watch? The phrase for people who work at sea refers to a brief period of duty on a boat.

When someone says they're leading a dog's life, it expresses having a tough or miserable time.

I hope you're not having a miserable time but are enjoying listening to this show.

Let's listen to the expressions one more time:

1. dogged determination

2. the hair of the dog

3. a dog in the manger

4. you can't teach an old dog new tricks

5. dog tired

6. dog's breakfast/dinner

7. dogged by bad luck

8. dog and bone

9. doggie bag

10. dog's life

11. dog watch

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