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It’s a dog’s life being a football manager. Options
onsen
Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 3:02:39 PM
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Hello,

Quote:
It’s a dog’s life being a football manager.
(Collins COBUILD English language dictionary)


Which does the 'a' in the phrase 'a dog’s life' refer to, 'dog' or 'life'?

Thank you.
FounDit
Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 4:09:49 PM

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onsen wrote:
Hello,

Quote:
It’s a dog’s life being a football manager.
(Collins COBUILD English language dictionary)


Which does the 'a' in the phrase 'a dog’s life' refer to, 'dog' or 'life'?

Thank you.


It's an idiom that means living life like a dog. It's meant to equate living in unhappy conditions, miserable, hungry, and perhaps mistreated. When the idiom first came into being, most dogs lived such a miserable life.


We should look to the past to learn from it, not destroy our future because of it — FounDit
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