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  1. Offroad's Avatar
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    #1

    going to the dogs

    Dear Teachers, what does this sentence mean?

    This race is going to the dogs.
    This election is going to the dogs.

    Many thanks.

  2. Snowcake's Avatar
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    #2

    Re: going to the dogs

    This race is going to the dogs.
    This election is going to the dogs.

    The race / election is becoming less successful than before. It is becoming worse in quality.

    The country has gone to the dogs / has gone to ruin / is going to the dogs / to ruin due to famine.

    He was a lovely man, but his drinking problems caused his private life to go to the dogs.


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    #3

    Re: going to the dogs

    It means, to go terribly wrong, to lose its good qualities.

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