Animals

  • as clean as a hound's tooth
    очень чистый
    When I finished cleaning the kitchen, it looked as clean as a hound's tooth.
  • as crooked as a dog's hind leg
    нечестный, бессовестный
    I dislike Jeremy Stuart; he turned out to be as crooked as a dog's hind leg.
  • as sick as a dog
    очень больной
    Yates was shivering with cold and looked as sick as a dog.
  • call the dogs off
    прекратить преследование или угрозы
    I told Jack to call the dogs off and stop waylaying me otherwise I would go to the police.
  • dog and pony show
    представление лишь для того, чтобы произвести впечатление (как в цирке)
    I asked a few questions about the project, but all I got was a dog and pony show.
  • dog in the manger
    собака на сене (о человеке, не желающим делать что-либо и мешающим другим)
    Agatha lived alone in that big house, but she didn't let her relatives share it with her; she was like a dog in the manger.
  • dog-eat-dog
    человек человеку – волк, волчьи законы
    In Alaska during the gold rush gold-miners had a dog-eat-dog life.
  • every dog has his day
    всему своё время
    Celia will be able to travel alone when she grows up. Every dog has his day.
  • fight like cats and dogs
    жить (драться) как кошка с собакой
    The Johnsons have been married for years, and all this time they have been fighting like cats and dogs.
  • go to the dogs
    ухудшаться, разрушаться, "пойти прахом"
    "If you don't do something about your business, it will go to the dogs."
  • hair of the dog that bit one
    напиток, принимаемый с похмелья
    Jeff woke up and had the hair of the dog that bit him first thing in the morning.
  • in the doghouse
    (быть) в немилости, иметь неприятности
    Alice was in the doghouse with her boy friend because she had let him down.
  • lead a dog's life
    вести несчастную (собачью) жизнь
    Ron has been leading a dog's life since he retired.
  • let sleeping dogs lie
    не нарывайся на неприятности, "не буди лиха пока лихо тихо"
    "Don't ask him about his problems; he might get angry. Better let sleeping dogs lie."
  • put on the dog
    экстравагантно одеваться, свободно вести себя или хорошо развлекаться
    Let's go to a luxurious restaurant and put on the dog.
  • rain cats and dogs
    льёт как из ведра
    The sky is overcast, and I bet it's raining cats and dogs in the mountains.
  • see a man about a dog
    пойти в туалет (эвфемизм)
    Jeremy drank too much beer, so he had to stop his car several times to see a man about a dog.
  • shaggy dog story
    длинный бессмысленный рассказ
    My cousin told me a shaggy dog story about how she had lost her purse.
  • tail wagging the dog
    ситуация, когда кто-либо незначительный держит всё под контролем
    Jim is just a minor employee in the firm, yet he tries to give everyone orders; I think it's a case of the tail wagging the dog.
  • to hound (someone)
    подвергать гонениям, изводить кого-либо
    It seemed to Edna that the boss was hounding her, and she decided to quit her job.
  • top dog
    самая важная персона в организации
    Mr. Abrahams is the top dog in his company.
  • you can't teach an old dog new tricks
    в старости поздно учиться или переучиваться
    "You'll never teach your grandfather how to do his income tax on a personal computer. You can't teach an old dog new tricks."