Dog Idioms

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Study the powerpoint below to know the meaning of our featured idioms:

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Listen to the dialogue for better understanding and pronunciation.

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Bjorn:I’ve been so upset with my grandfather recently. Today, I dropped by and found out he stayed home the whole weekend reading one of the books I lent him. When I took it back, it was all dog-eared.
Brian:I am sorry to hear that! But I guess you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
Bjorn:That’s true. Since my grandfather started living alone, it seems like he’s been living a dog’s life.
Brian:Is he still working? I find that when people are involved in some activity, they tend to be more energetic and happier with their life.
Bjorn:My grandfather retired last year. He used to be a top dog at his company. He made a remarkable career which in many situations meant sacrificing his family life. When he finally decided to resign, I was happy like a dog with two tails. I thought he would enjoy spending more time with us.
Brian:Your grandfather’s job played a big role in his life. This could be the reason why he is so unsociable now. Don’t worry, I’m sure he’ll be fine over time. Every dog has its day.

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Dog Idioms Quiz

Read the sentences and decide on the correct meaning of idiomatic expressions in them.

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