A Thousand Words In Idioms: The Dog Version

If “language is the dress of thoughts” ( Johnson), then idioms must the wardrobe.

Jientje at Heaven Is In Belgium hosts A  Thousand Words In Idioms on Wednesdays wherein she asks participants to illustrate an idiom or two with a photo.


If you lie down with dogs, you’ll get up with fleas.

Sorry that picture isn’t clearer — it’s an old one, maybe even from an old cell phone, I don’t remember. But the saying means basically if you associate with the wrong kind of people, you’ll pick up some of their bad habits or flaws.

Dirty dog.

This is a phrase used for a low-down, sneaky, cheating person. Thankfully Suzie can be transformed from a dirty dog to a clean one, though she’s not happy about the process. I just love her pitiful expression there. Poor baby!

And though we’re supposed to keep it to two idioms, I did want to show Suzie on a happier note:


Every dog has his (or her) day.

This means everyone has some good portion to his life, some chance for success.

5 thoughts on “A Thousand Words In Idioms: The Dog Version

  1. What a beautiful dog Suzie is, even when she’s dirty!! That last picture is so endearing!!
    Loved all the idioms and the pictures, thanks for playing Barbara, I am having so much fun with this!

  2. My mom used to tell me and my sister the one about lying down with dogs and getting up with fleas; it’s a tradition that I continued with my daughter, nieces, and nephews. Great idioms and gorgeous dog!

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