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one's dogs be barking

British pronunciation/wˈɒnz dˈɒɡz biː bˈɑːkɪŋ/
American pronunciation/wˈʌnz dˈɑːɡz biː bˈɑːɹkɪŋ/
one's dogs be barking

used to say that one's feet are in pain

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{one's} dogs [be] 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.

1After walking all day in uncomfortable shoes, Jane exclaimed, "My dogs are barking!"
2Oh god, my dogs are barking.
3My dogs are barking.
4My dogs are barking.
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