a dog's life


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a dog's life

an unhappy existence full of problems or unfair treatment.
1987 Fannie Flagg Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe The judge's daughter had just died a couple of weeks ago, old before her time and living a dog's life on the outskirts of town.
See also: life

a ˈdog’s life

(informal) a life in which there is not much pleasure or freedom: It’s a dog’s life having to do two jobs in order to survive.
See also: life
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