[Ads-l] like a dog

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 1 00:09:18 UTC 2017

>From last year:


Mark Liberman linked to those when he was musing over "I moved on her like
a bitch" from the Access Hollywood tape.


On Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 7:26 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> A popular politician likes to use this simile as an expression of contempt.
> Presumably "die like a dog" is the inspiration. ("Work like a dog" doesn't
> sound contemptuous to me.)
> Exx.:
> She lied like a dog.
> He choked like a dog.
> He fired him like a dog.

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