someone wants to do something just as a dog wants to rake leaves

JACEK1

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Hello everybody!
There is a saying in Polish that someone wants to do something just as a dog wants to rake leaves or just as a dog wants to beat stones.
The general idea is that such a person is reluctant to do anything; such a person can't be bothered to do anything.
What is the English for this expression?
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teechar

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I can think of the adjectives "apathetic" or "good-for-nothing."
 

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Nice saying. I'm not aware that there's a direct equivalent in English.
 

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Within my family and my circle of friends, we sometimes use the phrase "I want to do that about as much as I want to boil my head in oil" or "I'd rather boil my head in oil". I have no idea if it's used elsewhere in the UK. Also, it's more literal than your example about the dog although, of course, I don't think there's anything I'm likely to be asked to do to which I could genuinely say "I'd rather boil my head in oil".
 

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Southern and Appalachian Americans may describe such a person as "bone-idle".
 
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