Used as a metaphor for melancholy or depression: I’m very happy, but the black dog is there, lurking around the corner
More example sentences
- Even in my darkest hours, when the black dog of depression settles on my normally sunny countenance, I console myself with sympathetic thoughts of those even worse off than myself.
- In Australia there has recently been recognition of the black dog of depression since several politicians and judges confessed to suffering from it.
- ‘I gotta work my way away from the black dog of depression daily,’ he said at the time.
late 18th century: figuratively from a cant name used during Queen Anne's reign (1702–14) for a base silver coin (usually a bad shilling).
Definition of black dog in:
- The British & World English dictionary