go to the dogs

Definition of go to the dogs

informal

  1. :  to become ruined :  to change to a much worse condition Our favorite restaurant has gone to the dogs lately. The economy is going to the dogs.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to move on a course :  proceed — compare stop

    :  to move out of or away from a place expressed or implied :  leave, depart

    :  to take a certain course or follow a certain procedure

  1. :  the act or manner of going

    :  the height of fashion :  rage

    :  an often unexpected turn of affairs :  occurrence

  1. :  functioning properly :  being in good and ready condition

  1. :  a game played between two players who alternately place black and white stones on a board checkered by 19 vertical lines and 19 horizontal lines in an attempt to enclose the larger area on the board

dogplay dogs
  1. :  canid

    :  a highly variable domestic mammal (Canis familiaris) closely related to the gray wolf

    :  a male dog

  1. :  canine

    :  having an inferior or inauthentic quality :  spurious

    :  unlike that used by native speakers or writers

  1. :  to hunt, track, or follow like a hound

    :  to worry as if by pursuit with dogs :  plague

    :  to bother or pester persistently

  1. :  extremely, utterly


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