dog

[ dawg, dog ]
/ dɔg, dɒg /
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noun

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


Nearby words

  1. doest,
  2. doeth,
  3. dof,
  4. doff,
  5. doffer,
  6. dog and bone,
  7. dog and pony show,
  8. dog ape,
  9. dog biscuit,
  10. dog box

Idioms

Origin of dog

before 1050; Middle English dogge, Old English docga

Related formsdog·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 Formsdoglike, adjective

Word Origin for dog

Old English docga, of obscure origin

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Word Origin and History for let sleeping dogs lie
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Culture 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

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.

dog

In addition to the idioms beginning with dog

  • dog days
  • dog eat dog
  • dog in the manger
  • dog it

also see:

  • coon's (dog's) age
  • every dog has its day
  • go to pot (the dogs)
  • hair of the dog
  • hot dog
  • in the doghouse
  • let sleeping dogs lie
  • put on the dog
  • rain cats and dogs
  • see a man about a dog
  • shaggy dog story
  • sick as a dog
  • tail wagging the dog
  • teach an old dog new tricks
  • throw to the wolves (dogs)
  • top banana (dog)
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