go to the dogs

idiomatic phrase

informal
: to become ruined : to change to a much worse condition
Our favorite restaurant has gone to the dogs lately.
No wonder some establishment figures think the country is going to the dogs.Daniel Singer

Word History

First Known Use

1622, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of go to the dogs was in 1622

Dictionary Entries Near go to the dogs

Cite this Entry

“Go to the dogs.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/go%20to%20the%20dogs. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!