Fit as a butcher’s dog.

The allusion to a butcher’s dog is to a dog that would be expected to be very well fed from scraps. Why that is considered to epitomize fitness isn’t clear, as it might be thought more likely that the dog would be overweight than fit [no comment – Owl]. John Camden Hotten, in A Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant and Vulgar Words, 1859, defined ‘butcher’s dog’ this way.

The question is, if a dog could eat fresh cut meat everyday, wouldn’t that dog be more like a pig?

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Published: November 2, 2021