- 1 1.1 (Zoology)perro, (-rra) (masculine, feminine)(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 English)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 o done up like a dog's dinner (British English)todo emperifollado [colloquial]it's (a case of) dog eat doghay una competencia brutallike a dog with two tails (British English)como (un) niño con zapatos nuevosnot to have o 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 (American English) [colloquial]darse tonoto treat somebody like a dog
darse pisto (Spain) [colloquial]
mandarse la(s) parte(s) (Southern Cone) [colloquial]tratar 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 English)cría fama y échate a dormir or por un perro que maté, mataperros me llamaronlet sleeping dogs liemejor no revolver el asuntoyou can't teach an old dog new tricks
mejor es no meneallo [colloquial]loro viejo no aprende a hablardog licenselicencia (feminine) para perroExample sentences
- Shouts mingle with the barking and howling of dogs.
- ‘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.
also: dogs plural(races) (British English) [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] dull dogtipo (masculine) aburrido [colloquial]gay dogtipo (masculine) divertido [colloquial]lucky dogtipo (masculine) con suerte [colloquial]sly dogExample 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] [pejorative] 3.1 (ugly woman) 3.2 (worthless thing)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 -gg-
- 1.1 (trouble) (often passive) we've been dogged by bad luck from the beginningla mala suerte nos ha perseguido desde el principioto dog it (American English)Example sentences1.2 (follow closely) to dog somebody's footsteps o heels
pisarle los talones a alguienExample 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.
- 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.
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