- 1 1.1 (Zoology)(male canine) macho (masculine)I wouldn't do it to/wish it on a dogno se lo haría/desearía a mi peor enemigoit shouldn't happen to a dogno le debería pasar a nadiea dog's breakfast (British)un desastrehis desk always looks like a dog's breakfast
un desaguisadosu mesa siempre está patas arriba [colloquial]a dog's lifeuna vida de perrosdressed or done up like a dog's dinner (British)todo emperifollado [colloquial]it's (a case of) dog eat doghay una competencia brutallike a dog with two tails (British)como (un) niño con zapatos nuevosnot to have or stand a dog's chanceno tener ni la más remota posibilidadto go to the dogs the country's going to the dogsel país se viene abajoto put on the dog (US) [colloquial]darse tonodarse pisto (Spain) [colloquial]mandarse la(s) parte(s) (Southern Cone) [colloquial]to treat somebody like a dogtratar a alguien como a un perroevery dog has its daya todos les llega su momento de gloriagive a dog a bad name (and hang it) (British)cría fama y échate a dormir or por un perro que maté, mataperros me llamaronlet sleeping dogs liemejor no revolver el asuntomejor es no meneallo [colloquial]you can't teach an old dog new tricksloro viejo no aprende a hablardog licenselicencia (feminine) para perroExample sentences
- ‘All dogs have an intense sense of smell, and every dog likes to sniff,’ Smith said.
- Her size makes it impractical to use her as a patrol dog, but her sense of smell is so keen she can detect even trace amounts of drugs.
- Domesticated dogs arose from wolves that somehow became accustomed to living among people.
also: dogs plural(races) (British) [colloquial] the dogslas carreras de galgos
- We watched the wild cats and dogs frolicking in the winter sunlight.
- Teufel-hunden were originally known as the wild, ferocious mountain dogs of Bavarian folklore.
- In most mammals, adult play is rare, but it is common in dolphins, members of the dog family, great apes and, of course, humans.
- 2 (fellow) [colloquial] [dated]tipo (masculine) [colloquial]dull dogtipo (masculine) aburrido [colloquial]gay dogtipo (masculine) divertido [colloquial]lucky dogtipo (masculine) con suerte [colloquial]sly dogpillín (masculine) [colloquial]Example sentences
- By the way, you can keep the pun you wretched journalistic dogs.
- He got up with his hand wrapped around her little waist… that lucky dog!
- If that next race is the bottom of the new grade, this lucky dog might have a chance of stumbling into the money again.
- It's true - I'm a lucky dog.
- 3 [slang] [derogatory] 3.1 (ugly woman)cardo (masculine) [colloquial]callo (masculine) (Spain) [colloquial]bagre (masculine) (South America) [colloquial]3.2 (worthless thing) (US)bodrio (masculine) [colloquial]porquería (feminine) [colloquial]Example sentences
- Move too early, and you might end up backing a dog of a technology.
- If he understands that it's a dog of a deal, why do you think he'd consider supporting it?
- With a lead clenched less than firmly in his sweaty palm, he then contrived to play a dog of a game in the middle of the second set.
transitive verb present participle dogging past tense, past participle dogged
- 1 (trouble) (often passive) we've been dogged by bad luck from the beginningla mala suerte nos ha perseguido desde el principioto dog it (US)escurrir el bulto [colloquial]Example sentences
- For the last 5-1/2 years this process has been dogged by problem after problem.
- The school - which has a police officer stationed on site - has been on special measures for five years and has been dogged by problems.
- The system has been dogged with problems since it came on line in 1999.
- 2 (follow closely) to dog somebody's footsteps or heelspisarle los talones a alguienExample sentences
- When you have a leader of his passion and effectiveness, you have a media that's very much tracking him and dogging him and trying to find what they can about him.
- He laughs about how the police are still - and probably forever - on his tail, even dogging him on his recent US book tour.
- Since Sally was the only member of the group who would acknowledge Yap's existence, the little gnome dogged her every step, chattering excitedly.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.