Monday 18 June 2007

Phrase of the Day 101: 'gone to the dogs'

"to go to the dogs"

definition: to go to ruin; to be ruined; to worsen in appearance, character or behaviour

(jít od devíti k peti; být na tom cím dál hùr)

examples: "John has really gone to the dogs since his girlfriend left him"
"This area has really gone to the dogs since the factory closed"

origin: This is an analogy to the scraps of waste food etc that were thrown to dogs from medieval baronial dining tables. They were of no other use. Thus, if someone is said to have 'gone to the dogs', he is also regarded as worthless.

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