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it's a dog's life

Life is difficult, unpleasant, or boring. You whipper-snappers think you've got a bright future ahead of you, but it's a dog's life, I tell you!
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dog's life

A miserably unhappy existence, as in He's been leading a dog's life since his wife left him. This expression was first recorded in a 16th-century manuscript and alludes to the miserable subservient existence of dogs during this era. By the 1660s there was a proverb: "It's a dog's life, hunger and ease."
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it's a dog's life

People say it's a dog's life to mean that life is difficult and unpleasant. It's a dog's life being a football manager.
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It's a Dog's Life "Come on let's go for a walk I'm sitting here wagging my tail, go on put your coat and boots on you can stop off for a pint of ale.