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lazy dog

Someone who is lazy or idle. Come on, you lazy dog—I can't carry all these groceries by myself. I'm not having any luck getting the kids to go play outside. They're being total lazy dogs today.
See also: dog, lazy

lazy man's load

A large amount that should be carried over multiple trips, but which a person tries to carry all at once in order to avoid making a second trip. Stop trying to take a lazy man's load—take two trips to bring the groceries in or you'll end up breaking something.
See also: lazy, load


A particularly lazy or indolent person. Come on, lazy-bones, you've spent half the day in bed. Time to get up and be productive!

the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy do

A sentence that contains all 26 letters of the English alphabet. My mom had to take a typing class when she was growing up, and "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" was commonly used as an exercise to learn where all the letters were on the keyboard.
See also: brown, fox, jump, lazy, over, quick
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

lazy man's load

An extremely heavy burden undertaken so as to move it in one trip rather than making several trips. Always referring to moving something physically, this cliché dates from the turn of the twentieth century and may be dying out.
See also: lazy, load
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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Everything about Jasmine appears half-awake: the tiny gray dolphin swims lazily against her waist, and Jasmine's half-closed eyes suggest that she hasn't been out of bed very long.
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Yet Ashton, while living a little lazily in the Russian-American's shadow, had areas of choreographic eloquence that matched, and some would say surpassed, Balanchine's own.
He explains that he had lazily opted for a non-graduating two-year economics course, because he lacked the French that a graduate course then required.
On approaching the West Indian island of Grenada by boat, travelers are greeted with the view of colorful lush hillsides dotted with houses, endless unspoiled, white sandy beaches, and warm, crystal-dear blue waters lapping lazily at the fine powdery shoreline.
Although the book concentrates almost exclusively on blues, it digs deep into the symbiotic tug of war between musicians and their listeners--and rap critics and historians who lazily buy the premise that artists are top dog in that relationship.
The propeller turns lazily as the cylindrical shell expands and contracts in full 3-D, as if it were breathing.
Even the bottom of tranquil Yellowstone Lake, where tourists lazily fish trout, bulges and deflates.
As in, you're carrying the whole load while your cohorts coast along lazily. Give 'em a powerful pep talk.
The music -- viola, prominently -- is slow, the editing is minimal; and the camera, when not stationary, pans lazily, allowing us to take in the landscape's breadth.
One species of lemur dance along on two legs as if in some jungle rave, a Slow Loris ambles lazily through the branches, and a Black Lemur smears a millipede's narcotic secretions over its fur to get stoned.
...They've provided ready sources for journalists who, under the guise of objectivity, lazily assume that 'another side' to the science should be presented in each story on the topic."
We laughed a lot, fell in the water when my dog jumped ship onto a little spit of sand, paddled past a cow lazily drinking, and finally paused for lunch along a smooth stretch of rock where the trees hung over us like awnings.
Morning and she pees yet she is far removed, still dozing on a mound in her head from where she listens to the popcorn words that lazily pop on the plane of her consciousness.
Throughout, his work is distinguished by the extraordinary intensity (and accuracy) of its attention to textual features, and by the rigor with which he uses his findings, both to enhance interpretation and to question many contemporary editorial practices that we, as readers, lazily take for granted.