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Re: "The last dog is hung"

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