In Reply to: My dogs are killing me posted by Victoria S Dennis on April 23, 2010 at 21:59:
: : 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)
I didn't know that (the 'dogs' bit, anyway). I did know an alternative bit of rhyming slang which has 'plates' for feet - as in 'plates of meat', which works in the same way.