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    Smile Amber is as sick as a dog

    Amber is as sick as a dog, so she isn't going to school today.
    Amber is under the weather, ...


    Do the above two mean about the same to you? Thanks.


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    Re: Amber is as sick as a dog

    Amber is as sick as a dog: means he is being tired. He need to have a rest.
    Amber is under the weather: means he is being sick. He need to meet his doctor.
    Is that right?


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    Re: Amber is as sick as a dog

    Amber is as sick as a dog, so she isn't going to school today.

    We use this expression usually when somebody has over-indulged in food or drink, to the extent that they are vomiting. With alcohol, they would also be feeling ill with a hangover. If is often said with a smile and the idea, "what can you expect if he (ate or drank) as much as he did? "
    A parent would not use this expression to explain why a pupil is absent, even if, say, Amber had eaten like a pig at a birthday party and made herself sick.

    Amber is under the weather, ...
    This expression is very old fashioned, and was said of a lady who was feeling "indisposed". She may have some vague condition such as a slight headache, or the expression might be used as an excuse so that the person doesn't have to keep a social engagement, but doesn't want to go into any details as to how she is sick, ill, or indisposed.


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    Re: Amber is as sick as a dog

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Amber is as sick as a dog, so she isn't going to school today.
    Amber is under the weather, ...


    Do the above two mean about the same to you? Thanks.
    "sick as a dog" means extremely sick
    "under the weather" is a mild cold or headache.

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    Re: Amber is as sick as a dog

    In AmE, "sick as a dog" means you feel really ill. Stay-in-bed-all-day ill. Call the doctor, I think I'm dying ill.

    "Under the weather" means you feel mildly ill. It could be a cold, a headache, slightly upset tummy, a sore throat, etc. You might be able to still go to work or school, but you don't feel like your usual self and people will probably notice your subdued behavior and ask if you're feeling OK.

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    Re: Amber is as sick as a dog

    Thanks, my kinds.
    Got it.

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