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Even with a bye mixed into the schedule, these are the dog days of the high school football season.
The dog days of the exhibition schedule have arrived, with plenty of stars sitting out Monday night's games.
And why not remember those less fortunate during the merry month of May or the dog days of August?
If August data shows sales and investment weakening again, or the fall in inventories leveling off, sentiment on China is likely to deteriorate rapidly—a chilly end to the dog days of summer.
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Did You Know?
Dogs aren’t the only creatures uncomfortable in oppressive heat, so why does a dog get singled out in dog days? The dog here is actually the Dog Star, which is also called Sirius. The star has long been associated with sultry weather in the northern hemisphere because it rises simultaneously with the sun during the hottest days of summer. In the ancient Greek constellation system, this star (called Seirios in Greek) was considered the hound of the hunter Orion and was given the epithet Kyon, meaning "dog." The Greek writer Plutarch referred to the hot days of summer as hēmerai kynades (literally, "dog days"), and a Latin translation of this expression as dies caniculares is the source of our English phrase.
Origin and Etymology of dog days
First Known Use: 1538See Words from the same year
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: the hottest time of the year
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