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Re: My dogs are killing me

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on April 23, 2010 at 21:59

In Reply to: My dogs are killing me posted by Tatjana on April 23, 2010 at 18:45:

: I cannot seem to find the origin or connection to the phrase "My dogs are killing me". to mean one's feet hurt.

"Dogs" for "feet" is rhyming slang: the underlying phrase is "dogs' meat", which ryhymes with "feet". The dropping of the second word, making the slang phrase incomprehensible to anyone who doesn't know the whole phrase, is a standard feature of British rhyming slang. (VSD)