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onsen
Posted: Monday, December 31, 2018 1:18:11 AM
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Hello,

Quote:
... couldn't help giggling when we read lines like, "She locked me up in the bathroom like a dog". "She made me eat off the floor like a dog". Truth be told, we actually started rooting for his mother.
(The New York Times)


What does the phrase 'eat off the floor like a dog' mean?

Thank you.
thar
Posted: Monday, December 31, 2018 4:24:20 AM

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Where does a dog eat? Not at the table!

'off' is the direction of movement of the food, during eating.

The food is on the floor (well, in a bowl on the floor) and the dog eats off the floor.

Like = in a similar way to.

A person has food on a plate, and they eat off the plate. A child who drops food onto the table and the eats the crumbs may be told 'don't eat off the table'.

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