the dog days

the dog days

1. The period in the summer often thought to be hottest, usually considered to be July 3 to August 11. In ancient times, people associated the heat during this period with the concurrent rising of Sirius, nicknamed "the dog star." The phrase is a translation of the Latin dies caniculares, meaning "dog star days." As a kid, I loved lounging in the swimming pool during the dog days of summer.
2. By extension, a period of lethargy, inactivity, or stagnation. We're in the dog days of our fiscal year, and unfortunately we'll just have to make up for it during the holiday season.
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dog days

Hot, sultry summer weather; also, a period of stagnation. For example, It's hard to get much work done during the dog days, or Every winter there's a week or two of dog days when sales drop dramatically. The term alludes to the period between early July and early September, when Sirius, the so-called Dog Star, rises and sets with the sun. The ancient Romans called this phenomenon dies caniculares, which was translated as "dog days" in the first half of the 1500s.
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dog days

1. Dog days are the hottest days of the year that occur in July and August in the northern hemisphere. In the country, midsummer marks the final burst of activity before the lazy, dog days of July and August. Note: The ancient Romans named these days `dies caniculares' or `dog days' because the Dog Star, Sirius, could be seen in the morning sky at this time of year. They believed that the combination of Sirius and the sun produced very hot weather.
2. The dog days of something is the end of the period in which it exists, when it is no longer successful or popular. He was a minister in the dog days of John Major's government.
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In the winter I warmed myself in the sun, under the porch of the Hôtel de Sens, and I thought it very ridiculous that the fire on Saint John's Day was reserved for the dog days.
In the case of Sarasota's new Dog Days Theatre, it's clear: It's out to provide theater-hungry audiences new shows in the dog days of summer.
For the rest of us, the dog days of summer arrive, as you might expect, with no such sense of urgency.
During colder weather, my husband says he misses the dog days of summer.
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The dog days of summer are anything but slow at Trump Plaza where sales are moving as fast as construction of the new 40-story luxury residential tower that soars above the New Rochelle skyline.
These scotties get you through the dog days of winter.
During the dog days of summer (although technically over August 11, when Sirius, the Dog Star, stopped rising at the same time as the sun), let's take time out for a chuckle or two.
In the dog days of summer, mosquito bites are a regular occurrence.
Having taken delivery of the ISS model in January, the company has already seen it perform in the depths of winter as well as the dog days of summer.
Football players are being worked to "death" during the dog days of summer to prepare for an August game.
But when the dog days become too plentiful, it can be symptomatic of a problem.
They would have missed much of the busy Christmas season and gone almost right into the dog days of winter, he adds.
From an Associated Press story datelined Huntsville, Alabama: "Miss Millie and Sir Frazier are ready to while away the dog days of summer in wedded bliss.