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Hit the sack

If you hit the sack or alternatively hit the hay, it means you go to bed. Before the invention of the modern mattresses, they sued to be sacks filled with hay. They where basically a suck of hay you laid upon. In books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, such as Little House on... Read more →

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Pardon my French

“Pardon my French” is a common English language phrase ostensibly disguising profanity as French. The phrase is uttered in an attempt to excuse... more →

Stuck with

To be burdened with someone or something. When my sister went to the doctor I was stuck with looking after her dog.

Trouble (someone) to (do something)

To ask someone to do something. I had to trouble my neighbor to look after my dog again last week.

Sniff out

To locate someone or something. The police dog worked hard to sniff out the bank robber.

Spit up

To throw something up, to vomit something. The dog spit up the button that he had swallowed.

Call off the dogs

To stop threatening or chasing or hounding someone. The police decided to call the dogs off and stop hunting for the man.

Shut up

1. To stop talking. “Please shut up and let someone else speak.” 2. To confine someone or something. We always shut up our dog in the house when... more →

Run down

To crash against and knock down someone or something. A car ran down my dog last week.

Cat got your tongue

"Has the cat got your tongue?" is an expression in the form of a question that originated in the mid-nineteenth century and was used when addressing a child... more →