dog-days

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • 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

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “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:

The dogs can carry you as they've done for the last ten days.
"The March Of The White Guard" by Gilbert Parker
It turned to the east for a hundred days' journey more, all round Arabia and India, among forests full of elephants and dog-headed women.
"Hypatia" by Charles Kingsley
I saw a wonderful dog the other day that looked as if it could bite.
"December Love" by Robert Hichens
In the dog days, when the water is warm and all the fish retire to the greater depths to enjoy the coolness, the music ceased.
"In Midsummer Days and Other Tales" by August Strindberg
The strenuous labour of this day tired out the dogs, but the ponies worked splendidly.
"The Voyages of Captain Scott" by Charles Turley
The sister did as she was advised, and next day Janni again set off, taking his three dogs with him.
"The Grey Fairy Book" by Various
Why, he sent his dog forward to lead the way, And they call the jail from the dog to this day.
"The Camp of Wallenstein A Play" by Friedrich Schiller
Every soldier in the company loved him and was proud of him, and would have shared his dinner with the dog any day if called upon to do so.
"Army Letters from an Officer's Wife, 1871-1888" by Frances M.A. Roe
Dog was out walking with me day before yesterday.
"Average Jones" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
I feel as sleepy as a dog now after the day's excitement.
"By England's Aid" by G. A. Henty
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In poetry:

‘The dog is dying,’ a stockman said,
As he knelt and lifted the shaggy head;
‘’Tis a long day’s march ere the run be near,
‘And he’s dying fast; shall we leave him here?’
"The Cattle-Dog's Death" by Henry Lawson
I mind the preacher met old Spense,
Beneath the maples laggin',
The day was hot, an' he'd a pile
Ov 'cetrees in his waggin';
A sack of flour, a hansum hog,
Sum butter and his terrier dog.
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
And now you close above my head,
And I lie low in a soft green bed
That dog-days never have visited.
"By the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread:"
The garden's curse is at last unsaid
"The Swimmer" by John Crowe Ransom
The old man shook with glee,
But he said obligingly,
"The dog days are all gone, I grieve to say;
But since you've come so far,
And so mannerly you are,
I'll give you just an hour--to get away."
"A Valuable Gift" by Carolyn Wells
My husband away at work—I wish for them.
The dog, the maid,
And I go through the sure unvarying days
At home in them. As I look at my life,
I am afraid
Only that it will change, as I am changing:
"Next Day" by Randall Jarrell
The dogs to-day will not greet us gladly,
But drearily howl with drooping tails.
And lifting their heads the horses will listen;
Neighing they stand, the stable-door watching,
Eindride's voice awaiting.
"Bergliot" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson

In news:

If you're like most animal lovers, everyday is dog day .
But did you know there is an official, National Dog Day .
Humane Society Naples Dog Day Afternoon 2011.
Dog-day challenges, recalling a pair of Fair pillars.
Pets Everyday is dog day at St Francis.
Casual Friday is one thing and Bring Your Daughter to Work Day is another, but this week's " Dog Day at Archer/Malmo" may top them all.
We Love Pets is proud to be sponsoring the 2nd annual Love Your Dog Day Sunday at Secrest Auditorium.
After an explanation of Prairie Dog Day , residents are questioned as to whether or not Mesker Zoo's Prairie Dog will see it's shadow.
Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' and ' Dog Day Afternoon' added to film registry.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Michael Jackson's "Thriller" (directed by John Landis) and Sidney Lumet's " Dog day Afternoon" have been added to Library of Congress' National Film Registry.
It was truly the dog day s at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds in Falmouth Sept 12 through 14 when the Cape Cod and South Shore Kennel Clubs hosted its annual dog show.
The dog days aren't over.
Notebook — True dog days for Madison's Ryan.
Charleston Animal Society's Dog Days campaign kicks off today.
These are the good kind of dog days — the kind that raise funds for homeless animals who need a little more help than others.
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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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