Working like a dog – Culips English Podcast

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Many people try their best and put in a lot of effort at work or school. This week, we’re talking about expressions that mean to work hard. You can work like a dog, work your butt off, or put your nose to the grindstone. As usual, we give you lots of examples and teach you about how you can use these expressions.

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Maura: To work like a dog means to work very hard.
Harp: Yes. So if you use the expression to work like a dog, that means that someone is working very hard, putting in a lot of effort.
Maura: Whenever we have an idiom with an animal, I always wonder, “Why that animal?”
Harp: And Maura, why a dog?
Maura: Well, dogs do work hard. And I’m not talking about the dogs that most people have for pets, but dogs that work, like a seeing-eye dog that helps people who are visually impaired or the dogs that pull sleds, they work pretty hard too.
Harp: Yeah, and police dogs work really hard too.
Maura: Right. So a dog that works, works almost all the time.

Expressions included from this episode in Learning Materials:

Back-to-school To work like a dog
To pay off To work your butt off
Slang for buttocks To pull it off
That’d be fun Dropping the g in ing
To keep your nose to the grindstone Are you with me?
To be swamped To have something on the go

Podcast/ Lipservice: Culips ESL Podcast, Photo: exfordy

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  1. laderon2@yahoo.com' Mark, Russia says:

    oh wow, that’s interesting!! We usually say: to work like a horse. Guess why? because of all that plow stuff on fields. and also we say: to work like a cursed one/jinxed one (don’t know why)

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  3. and we say work like a donkey.