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Americans use many expressions with the word dog. People in the United1 States love their dogs and treat them well.
They take their dogs for walks, let them play outside and give them good food and medical care.
However, dogs without owners to care for them lead a different kind of life.
The expression, to lead a dog's life, describes a person who has an unhappy existence.
有一个短语,to lead a dog's life,就是用来描述生活不尽如人意的人。
Some people say we live in a dog-eat-dog world. That means2 many people are competing for the same things, like good jobs.
有人说,我们生活在一个dog-eat-dog world。这句话的意思是说,许多人在为同样的事情竞争,比如好的工作机会。
They say that to be successful, a person has to work like a dog. This means they have to work very, very hard.
他们说,为了成功,人必须work like a dog,意思是说,必须非常非常努力的工作。
Such hard work can make people dog-tired. And, the situation would be even worse if they became sick as a dog.
这么努力的工作会把人弄的dog-tired。然后,如果他们变得sick as a dog,情况会更糟糕。
Still, people say every dog has its day. This means that every person enjoys a successful period during his or her life.
人们还说every dog has its day。这句话是说,每个人在他或她的生命中都有一段快乐的日子。
To be successful, people often have to learn new skills.
Yet, some people say that you can never teach an old dog new tricks.
然而,有人说you can never teach an old dog new tricks,
They believe that older people do not like to learn new things and will not change the way they do things.
Some people are compared to dogs in bad ways. People who are unkind3 or uncaring can be described as meaner than a junkyard dog.
有些人有些不好的方面被比作狗。不友好或者冷漠的人会被描述成as meaner than a junkyard dog。
Junkyard dogs live in places where people throw away things they do not want.
Junkyard dogs生活在人们扔废品的地方。
Mean dogs are often used to guard this property4. They bark or attack people who try to enter the property.
However, sometimes a person who appears to be mean and threatening is really not so bad. We say his bark is worse than his bite.
然而,有时候看上去吝啬或者威胁性强的人并不一定很坏。我们会说his bark is worse than his bite。
A junkyard is not a fun place for a dog. Many dogs in the United States sleep in safe little houses near their owners' home.
These doghouses provide shelter5. Yet they can be cold and lonely in the winter.
Husbands and wives use this doghouse term when they are angry at each other.
For example, a woman might get angry at her husband for coming home late or forgetting their wedding anniversary6.
She might tell him that he is in the doghouse. She may not treat him nicely until he apologizes.
她可能会对他说,他is in the doghouse。直到他道歉她才会重新对他好。
However, the husband may decide that it is best to leave things alone and not create more problems. He might decide to let sleeping dogs lie.
然而,丈夫可能会决定顺其自然,以免制造出更多问题。他可能决定to let sleeping dogs lie。 
Dog expressions also are used to describe the weather. The dog days of summer are the hottest days of the year.
dog的短语也被用来描述天气。The dog days of summer是一年中最热的天气。
A rainstorm may cool the weather. But we do not want it to rain too hard. We do not want it to rain cats and dogs.
一场暴雨可能会使天气凉爽下来。但是我们不想雨下的太大了。我们不希望to rain cats and dogs。


1 united Yfmz2c     
  • The whole nation is closely united.全国人民紧密团结。
  • The two men were united by community of interests.共同的利益使两个人结合在一起。
2 means 9oXzBX     
  • That man used artful means to find out secrets.那人使用狡猾的手段获取机密。
  • We must get it done by some means or other.我们总得想办法把它干完。
3 unkind QkXwX     
  • He was never unkind to her.他从未亏待过她。
  • Unkindness often reacts on the unkind person.恶人有恶报。
4 property dRQxd     
  • He has made over his property to a hospital.他已将财产转交给了一家医院。
  • Oil has the property of floating on water.油有浮在水上的特性。
5 shelter kEdzl     
  • We took shelter from the rain in a cave.我们在一个山洞里避雨。
  • Trees are a shelter from the sun.树木可以遮挡阳光。
6 anniversary Cw0zD     
  • They celebrate their wedding anniversary annually.他们每年庆祝一番结婚纪念日。
  • Today is my parents'30th wedding anniversary.今天是我父母结婚30周年纪念日。
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