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Origin of a phrase

Posted by Word Wizard on January 10, 2003

In Reply to: Origin of a phrase posted by Karim on January 10, 2003

: Anyone knows the origin of : working like a dog?
: Why dogs are being described as hard working animals/pets?

Sheepdogs work from dawn to dusk for just their food, a kind word and a pat on the head; some employers expect the same of their workers.