Posted by Bob on March 26, 2006
In Reply to: "The last dog is hung" Posted by John Sullivan on March 26, 2006
: "The last dog is hung" - I think this refers to the lantern hung at the beginning of the last "dog watch", ie, 8pm.
Not likely. The sense of the phrase is a time much, much later than 8pm. Have you any evidence to support your theory? If you look in our Archives, you can find some text references. See http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/14/messages/376.html