Going to the dogs

Idiom

Going to the dogs

Definition

A phrase used to describe a situation or process that is deteriorating or decaying.

Examples

Our relationship has been going to the dogs lately

This country has been going to the dogs since the new leader was elected.

Origin

It comes from a 5th century BC Greek proverb

FAQs

What does ‘going to the dogs’ mean?

It means a situation is deteriorating

Where did this phrase come from?

It comes from a 5th century BC Greek proverb

When should this phrase be used?

It should be used when referring to a situation or process that is getting worse and is beyond repair.