[Dog Barking] Oi, come here, boy! Come here, boy! Come here, boy! Hello, hello, hello, right, today’s idiom is “to see a man about a dog”.
Isn’t that vague? To see a man? Like, which man? And about a dog? Which dog? Hmm…
But that’s precisely the point. “To see a man about a dog” is a euphemism, a euphemism is a phrase, which is used to be vague. To hide a true meaning of something. It’s often used to make something sounds more polite, and not to be too direct.
So, “to see a man about a dog”, is being used, so that people can be vague about the purposes of going somewhere, or to meet somebody.
So, when you don’t want to tell someone, the whole reason for why you’re going somewhere. You can say you’re going to see a man about a dog. It could very simply be, you want to go to the toilet, but you don’t want to say, “I’m going to the toilet”, in front of the people who you’re with.
So, you can just say, “I’m going to see a man about a dog, I’ll be right back, in a second or two”, or if you have a meeting which you actually want to keep secret, for example, you know, a business meeting or, you’re with your friends but you have to leave and you don’t want to tell your friends why.
It’s just because you’re very tired, and you don’t want to stay with them any longer, you want to go home and rest. You know, you get up to leave and your friends say, “Oh, where [are] you going? You should stay we’re having fun!”, and you can just say, “I’m going to see a man about a dog”.
You know, you don’t want to tell them the truth, which is you’re tired, and you want to rest. So you can make this excuse up. Just to, you know, keep things friendly, and you know, not tell your friends that you’re tired, you don’t want to be with them anymore. But just to be polite and indirect.
Okay, that’s it for today’s idiom, “to see a man about a dog”. Please let me know what you think. Try to make a sentence with “to see a man about a dog” in the comments section, and let me know how it goes. Okay, see you soon bye bye!
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