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die like a dog
To die in a manner that is unpleasant and demeaning. I know you dislike Tommy, but I refuse to let anyone just die like a dog, sick and homeless. He needs our help!
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die like a dogOLD-FASHIONED
If someone dies like a dog, they die in a painful and shameful way. The film begins with our hero stealing cars and ends with him dying like a dog in the street.
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die like a dogdie in degrading circumstances.
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die like a dog, to
To meet a miserable end. Actually, to lead a dog’s life is no better, a fact pointed out about the same time that “die like a dog” first surfaced in print. “He lyved like a lyon and dyed like a dogge,” wrote John Rastell (The Pastyme of People, 1529). In ancient Greek times dying like a dog was even worse because it signified being left unburied, a fate regarded with dread. See also a dog's life.
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