(one's) Venus turns out a whelp

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(one's) Venus turns out a whelp

An outdated expression used to describe the failure of something that was once expected to be successful. The phrase comes from dice, in which the best roll was once known as a "Venus" and the worst a "canis" (a dog). A "whelp" is a young dog. I thought I was definitely going to get a promotion, but I didn't even get a raise—my Venus turned out a whelp, all right.
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Barrie Draper's Farlow Holly is running into form and the October 09 whelp, who showed plenty of heart and determination in the heats, may fare best from the adverse draw in six.
Trained by Paul Young, who won Romford''s first stakes final with Ardsallagh Aoife almost a year ago, the June 09 whelp got up on the line to beat Chunkie Blue and the rallying Ivys Star by a head and short-head in 24.
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