be (as) sick as a dog(redirected from one was sick as a dog)
be (as) sick as a dog
slang To be very ill. Honestly, I haven't been avoiding you—I've been sick as a dog. I had to go to the doctor on Monday because I was as sick as a dog all weekend.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
sick as a dog, to be
To feel very ill, particularly to feel nauseated. Despite being touted as man’s best friend, dogs are often maligned. This proverbial simile dates from the sixteenth century or earlier and is still current. Occasionally it has appeared with sick meaning “tired of,” as by David Garrick (Neck or Nothing, 1766, 1:1): “I am sick as a dog of being a valet.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer