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Dogs are barking

see My dogs are barking


A lowly person, drudge or skivvy, someone who gets all the menial tasks; the origin is nautical from the early 19th century when dog’s body was Royal...

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Traditionally, in the Royal Navy, the day is divided into five four-hour watches and two dogwatches of two hours each. These two shortened dogwatches...

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A small, ornamental table mat, usually made of lace, used as protection for fine furniture, dates from the late 17th century and named after a London...

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Dolce vita

The sweet life was coined by the Italian poet Dante (1265-1321) in his poem The Divine Comedy (Paradiso), “L’esperienza di questa dolce vita” “The exp...

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To be in the doldrums is to be miserable or in low spirits and is first attested from 1811. The OED says the origin is obscure but that it was probabl...

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A dolly is a very easy catch in cricket and dates from the late 19th century, usually used when such a catch is dropped e.g., “the fielder has dropped...

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Don't give a monkey's

see Not give a monkey's

Don't move a muscle

see Move a muscle

Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight

A modern American idiom that has come to mean, be adequately prepared or equipped for any confrontational situation. The origin is the movie The Untou...

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Don’t change horses in midstream

see Change horses in midstream

Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched

see Counting chickens

Don’t cross bridges until you come to them

see Crossing bridges

Don’t cry over spilt milk

see Cry over spilt milk

Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face

see Cut off one’s nose to spite one's face

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