dog

[ dawg, dog ]
/ dɔg, dɒg /

noun

verb (used with object), dogged, dog·ging.

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Idioms for dog

Origin of dog

before 1050; Middle English dogge, Old English docga

OTHER WORDS FROM dog

dog·less, adjectivedog·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for let sleeping dogs lie

dog
/ (dɒɡ) /

noun

verb dogs, dogging or dogged (tr)

adverb

(usually in combination) thoroughly; utterlydog-tired
See also dogs

Derived forms of dog

doglike, adjective

Word Origin for dog

Old English docga, of obscure origin
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Cultural definitions for let sleeping dogs lie

Let sleeping dogs lie

Do not stir up a problem that has lain quiet for some time.

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Idioms and Phrases with let sleeping dogs lie (1 of 2)

let sleeping dogs lie

Allow inactive problems to remain so, as in Jane knew she should report the accident but decided to let sleeping dogs lie. This injunction to avoid stirring up trouble was already a proverb in the 13th century. It alludes to waking up a fierce watchdog and has been stated in English since the late 1300s.

Idioms and Phrases with let sleeping dogs lie (2 of 2)

dog

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