one's dogs are barking
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British pronunciation/wˈɒnz dˈɒɡz ɑː bˈɑːkɪŋ/
American pronunciation/wˈʌnz dˈɑːɡz ɑːɹ bˈɑːɹkɪŋ/
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used to say that one's feet are in pain

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{one's} dogs [are] barking definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "one's dogs are barking" and when to use it?

The idiom "one's dogs are barking" originated from early 20th-century American slang, specifically from the African American community. "Dogs" in this context refers to one's feet, and "barking" represents the discomfort or pain experienced in the feet after extended walking or standing. It is used to express that one's feet are hurting or feeling sore, typically from being tired or wearing uncomfortable shoes.

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John went hiking in the mountains and by the end of the day, his dogs were barking from all the steep climbs and uneven terrain.
Lisa spent the entire day on her feet at the busy retail store, and by closing time, her dogs were barking with exhaustion.
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