Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Phrase of the day: dog it

The phrase of the day is dog it:
  1. dog it, Informal.
    1. to shirk one's responsibility; loaf on the job.
    2. to retreat, flee, renege, etc.: a sponsor who dogged it when needed most.

"She looked at the horse, spraddle-legged, dull-eyed, with pumping ribs and flaring nostrils, and heard the breath rattle in its throat.

"'Is he sick?'

"'I thought for a while he was just dogging it.  They're not pulling any load to speak of, but look at him heave.'"

 - Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

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