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  1. Necromancer
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    Unhappy I need help with these idioms

    Can anyone tell me the meaning of:

    A good hiding,

    donkey work,

    a dog with two tails

    and a red rag to a bull?


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    Re: I need help with these idioms

    a dog with two tails

    A dog wags its tail when it's happy, excited. A dog having two tails to wag, and both wagging, must be very happy indeed!

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    Re: I need help with these idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by Necromancer View Post
    Can anyone tell me the meaning of:

    A good hiding,

    donkey work,

    a dog with two tails

    and a red rag to a bull?

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    2 From a Chinese dictionary_______
    the coll the hard , often physical or tiring part of a job , piece of work , etc:
    It is often the young , less experienced people who get left to do the donkey work while those with more experience do more interesting things.
    The professor writes the book , but his assistants have to do the donkey work of checking all references.



    3 like a dog with two tails:somebody is very happy.
    You couldn't have given Andrew a more welcome present than that bicycle ; he was pleased as a dog with two tails.




    4 the thing/matter which makes one feel angry
    Last edited by dodonaomik; 26-Jul-2008 at 14:11.


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    Re: I need help with these idioms

    'a good hiding' : 'hiding' here means a physical beating.
    "You cheeky devil! Just wait till your father gets home. You're in for a good hiding, young man!"

    'red rag to a bull' : it was thought that bulls would react aggressively to the colour red. So, the idea of somebody waving a red rag at a bull would be sure to get the bull to charge and try to gore them. As as idiom, it means that you what you are saying or doing/going to do is sure to make another person angry.

    'donkey work' : donkeys are traditionally used to carry loads of goods on their poor backs - before cars and trains, and now, when usual forms of moving supplies is not possible because of the terrain and only donkeys can, say, climb up and down a very narrow path to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. So - for a person to be said to be doing the 'donkey work', he is being made to do the laborious, boring part of a job.
    Last edited by David L.; 26-Jul-2008 at 14:17.

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    Re: I need help with these idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by Necromancer View Post
    Can anyone tell me the meaning of:

    A good hiding,

    donkey work,

    a dog with two tails

    and a red rag to a bull?
    A "good hiding" is a "thorough beating"
    Father: You'll get a good hiding from me if you do that again!

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