a loud sound that a dog makes
My little daughter got scared when the dog barked at her.
making one feel afraid
She can’t fall asleep after she watches a scary movie.
not nice, kind or rude
Parents and teachers should be aware that all children can be mean sometimes.
to annoy or upset someone; to irritate
The way she talks on the phone bothers everyone.
to say that you dislike, disagree with, or disapprove of something
I don’t like it when people criticize my work.
a situation in which one can be blamed or punished
My son is always in trouble at school.
gone to the dogs
– something is becoming worse than it normally was
– to become worse in quality or character
– becoming very less successful than it was in the past
– to deteriorate, to become bad
– to decline in looks or health; to be ruined or destroyed
1. Have you seen their car lately? It’s really gone to the dogs.
2. Many things in our home have gone to the dogs during the last 3 months.
3. She was a very successful actress, but her drinking habit and illegal affairs caused her career to go to the dogs.
4. It seems that the reputation of your business has gone to the dogs.
let sleeping dogs lie
– its best to leave a situation as it is if disturbing it might cause trouble
– do not instigate trouble by disturbing a situation
– to leave things as they are in order to avoid disagreement
– its best not to talk of bad situations if people have forgotten about them
1.As Eliza was in good spirits that morning, Andy decided not to bring up the argument they had last night. It was best to let sleeping dogs lie.
2.Since my manager did not ask me anything about me coming late that day, I did not speak to him about it – it is best to let sleeping dogs lie.
3.Its not that the two parties have finally agreed over the issue, its just that they have let sleeping dogs lie and things continue as they are.
4.We know that we would never reach an agreement over this matter, so its better to let sleeping dogs lie and not discuss it anymore.
5.Further investigations into that matter would surely bring to light a lot of controversial decisions, so past governments have just let sleeping dogs lie.
6.I wanted to tell her what I thought, but then I decided to let sleeping dogs lie.
bark up the wrong tree
or be barking up the wrong tree
– waste one’s efforts by pursuing the wrong thing or path
– to make a wrong choice
– make a mistake or wrong assumption in something you are trying to achieve
– take a wrong approach to something
1.It was a very sensitive case and yet for over one year the investigators kept barking up the wrong tree.
2.If you think you will solve the problem by following those steps, you are barking up the wrong tree.
3.I am not the person who spread those rumours about you, you are barking up the wrong tree.
4.I had kept telling you all along that you are barking up the wrong tree, yet you did not pay any heed and continued doing it.
5.I think they are barking up the wrong tree by focusing on the problems they have. They should focus on the solutions instead.
6.Now I realize what a con artist he was! All along he was misleading us and we were all barking up the wrong tree.
7.The police were barking up the wrong tree by trying to prove that person guilty. He was no where near the crime scene.
all bark and no bite
-threatening, aggressive, but not willing to engage in a fight
-full of talk, but low on action
-talk that is more impressive than one can actually do
1.I heard he has threatened you with dire consequences if you dont not stop that construction. Don’t worry, he is all bark and no bite.
2.He looks rough and dangerous, somewhat like a gangster and talks tough, but he is all bark and no bite.
call off the dogs or call off your dogs
– To stop disparaging or otherwise behaving aggressively toward someone.
– To stop criticizing or attacking someone or encouraging other people to criticize or attack someone.
– To stop someone else from disparaging or otherwise behaving aggressively toward another person.
1. I know you wish I were a doctor, Dad, but call off the dogs for one night.
2. I’ll tell you anything you want to know, just call off your dogs!
in the doghouse
-In trouble with someone due to one’s misdeeds or blunders.
-someone is annoyed with you because of something you have done
-in disgrace or disfavour.
1. I’ll be in the doghouse if I come into work late again this week.
2. You’ve been in the doghouse with Maria ever since you forgot her birthday.