Sick as a Dog

If you've ever been very sick, you may have used this expression. Because dogs eat just about anything they find, they often get sick. So it's fitting to describe someone who is not feeling well as being "sick as a dog." Arf!

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: March 2010

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