dog days

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dog days the hot period between early July and early September; a period of inactivity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At the end of the Beatles' song "A Day in the Life", an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, was recorded by Paul McCartney for his Shetland sheepdog.
    • Dog days A period of from four to six weeks, in the summer, variously placed by almanac makers between the early part of July and the early part of September; canicular days; -- so called in reference to the rising in ancient times of the Dog Star (Sirius) with the sun. Popularly, the sultry, close part of the summer; metaphorically, a period of inactivity.☞ The conjunction of the rising of the Dog Star with the rising of the sun was regarded by the ancients as one of the causes of the sultry heat of summer, and of the maladies which then prevailed. But as the conjunction does not occur at the same time in all latitudes, and is not constant in the same region for a long period, there has been much variation in calendars regarding the limits of the dog days. The astronomer Roger Long states that in an ancient calendar in Bededied 735) the beginning of dog days is placed on the 14th of July; that in a calendar prefixed to the Common Prayer, printed in the time of Queen Elizabeth, they were said to begin on the 6th of July and end on the 5th of September; that, from the Restoration (1660) to the beginning of New Style (1752), British almanacs placed the beginning on the 19th of July and the end on the 28th of August; and that after 1752 the beginning was put on the 30th of July, the end on the 7th of September. Some English calendars now put the beginning on July 3d, and the ending on August 11th. A popular American almanac of the present time (1890) places the beginning on the 25th of July, and the end on the 5th of September.
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Quotations

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    “Growl all day and you'll feel dog tired all night.”
  • Charles Kingsley
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    “Young blood must have its course, lad, and every dog its day.”
  • Wayne Gretzky
    Wayne Gretzky
    “The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.”

Idioms

Dog days - Dog days are very hot summer days.
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Every dog has its day - This idiom means that everyone gets their moment to shine.
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Usage

In literature:

All day long she had been haunted with an ever-recurring temptation, which, instead of dismissing it, she kept like a dog in a string.
"Mary Marston" by George MacDonald
The next day the dog was left behind as cook.
"Filipino Popular Tales" by Dean S. Fansler
Yes, it is Wolfe; not the fierce creature of her dreams by night and her fears by day, but her father's own brave devoted dog.
"Canadian Crusoes" by Catherine Parr Traill
When they had been out 117 days they killed the captain's dog.
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll - Latest" by Robert Green Ingersoll
The two Warkiacums who had been pursueing us Since yester day morning with two dogs for Sale, arrived.
"The Journals of Lewis and Clark" by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
You are being dogged: within five days both of you will be assassinated.
"Life On The Mississippi, Part 7." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The following day was appointed for the chase, and early in the morning I was waked by the braying of trumpets, and the baying of dogs.
"Zenobia" by William Ware
The dogs began the day with a misunderstanding amongst themselves, and stopped to fight it out.
"The Long Labrador Trail" by Dillon Wallace
In the old days the dog-drivers used to say 'mahsh.
"The Magnetic North" by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
During the day the village dogs burrow in the ashes.
"Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier" by James Inglis
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In poetry:

JOHN dogged them all day, without asking their leaves;
For his sergeant he told, aside,
That JIMMY and JANE were notorious thieves
(And I think he was justified).
"Emily, John, James, and I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Even th' dogs have enuff an' to spare,
Tho' they ne'er worked a day i' ther life;
But ther maisters forget they should care
For a chap 'at's three bairns an' a wife.
"Aht o' wark" by John Hartley
A lame tramp comes along the railway track,
A grizzled dog whose day is nearly done;
He passes, pauses, then comes slowly back
And listens there — an audience of one.
"Music In The Bush" by Robert W Service
He slew good men and spared the bad;
Too long a day the foul dog had,
E’en as all dogs will have their day;
But God is as strong as man, I say.
Deus est Deus pauperum.
"The God Of The Poor" by William Morris
But of thee it shall be said,
This dog watched beside a bed
Day and night unweary,
Watched within a curtained room
Where no sunbeam brake the gloom
Round the sick and dreary.
"To Flush, My Dog" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
When the blood-red sun had gone burning down,
And the lights were lit in the little town,
Outside, in the gloom of the twilight grey,
The little dog died when he'd had his day.
"The Little Dog's Day" by Rupert Brooke

In news:

When our dog Riley passed away last June, I couldn't imagine the day when I would even think about getting a new dog.
Pool's dog days look to be over.
Dog days of summer fateful for lucky dog.
Laugh Those Downward Dog Days Away.
The dog days of summer are almost over, but don't pack away your flip flops or short shorts just yet.
Gems in the movies' dog days .
Not to be a Debby Downer but it's dog days at the multiplex, and most of these dogs won't hunt.
Little Washington Sailing School participates in Dog Days Regatta.
Students from the Little Washington Sailing School participated in the Pamlico Sailing Club's Dog Days Regatta held at Capt.
Dog Days And Classic Film Talk.
Dog days of summer winding down, you say.
Dog days in the garden.
These are becoming dog days for the Dodgers.
Dog Days And Classic Film Talk.
These so-called Dog Days are happy ones.
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In science:

Have we ever told you about the Hollow Dogs of UC Irvine? They averaged 3 feet in length and were to be found wandering our halls at a time when Buildings and Grounds forbade access to non-human animals weighting more than 40 lbs. A limit on weight for human animals these days might do some good.
Astrophysics in 2006
In trying to separate genetics from unknown information-reading mechanisms, my brother called me one day to ask how physics can explain that his dog (ridgeback) repeatedly attacks TV images of lions (and only lions).
Were the ancient Greeks right that space is continuous material plenum?
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