Dog's Life

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A be miserable and awful, to have harsh survival without much pleasure or prosperity

Etymology:

  • In 1542, a Dutch scholar and theologian Erasmus used this expression in his writings. Nowadays, dogs are treated humanely and lead good lives. However, dogs normally don't live as well as human. In some regions of the world, dogs are not considered as pets. Consequently, this idiom means to lead an unfortunate or miserable life.
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Mrs. Mike is living a dog’s life after the death of her husband.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Dog's Life':

dog's lifeA life of indolence where the individual may do as he or she pleases, just like a pampered dog.
dog's lifeA miserable, unhappy existence.
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