dog tired - What is the meaning?

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What is the meaning of "dog tired" idiom?
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Idiom Scenario 1:


Look at poor George.
George has a huge year-end report due very soon.
George has been working sixteen hours a day for the last week to complete the report.
George is not just tired, he is dog tired.
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Idiom Definition:


"to be dog tired"
to be very very tired

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Synonyms: all in, beat, bleary, bone-weary, bushed, crippled, dead, dead tired, debilitated, disabled, dog-tired, done for, done in, drained, effete, enervated, exhausted, frazzled, had it, kaput, limp, out on one's feet, outta gas, prostrated, ready to drop, run-down, sapped, shot, spent, tired out, wasted, weak, weakened, wearied, worn, worn out
 
 

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Idiom Scenario 2:


Don't you just love family vacations?
The Custer family have been on a driving vacation for the last two weeks and are now on their way home.
Eager to get home, they've been driving for twelve hours straight.
The Custer family is not just tired or dog tired but dead dog tired!
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dog tired - Usage:

 
formal<---------------|----X----------->informal
 
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dog tired - Gerund Form:

Being dog tired can cause accidents due to exhaustion.
 
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dog tired - Examples:

1)  I am dog tired and stressed out because it's chemo tomorrow.
2)  Though I came back from the field work dog tired and ready to drop, the day had filled me with a sense of wonder.
3)  You worked 60 hours last week. Dog tired, you came home and collapsed into bed.
4)  The event ended at midnight. I was dog tired so I didn't go out.
5)  I was dog tired. I would just collapse into bed at night.
6)  Here she is, looking " dog tired " after a long day on the boat!
7)  We get energized AFTER the workout, no matter how dog tired we were before we started.
8)  I was cleaning up the kitchen after a church gathering and I was dog tired.
9) I'm dog tired, and as sleepy as an owl.
10)  Arriving in Cairns we were dog tired and had had enough of sitting around in airports!
11)  At the end of the day no one wants to be " dog tired " or a " dead dog ".
12)  They are tired, dog tired, after almost fifty straight nights of marching.
13)  It is difficult to keep on when I am dog tired, discouraged, disillusioned, deserted, dusty and dry.
14)  I'm tired, dudes. DOG tired. Stress is keeping me awake and getting the best of me.
15)  Normally I would have went about 6.4 miles per hour, burnt out, dog tired and feeling like I couldn't go anymore.
16)   It was a brutal game all around. The team looked dog tired, the defence gave up multiple 2 on 1's.
17)  I could not but acquiesce, for I was dog tired, and could not have sat up had I tried.
18)  Posting comments when one is dog tired because of insomnia is NOT a good idea.
19)  Oh, it was pitiful. I think they were just dog tired!
20)  We came back around 6.00 pm and were dog tired.
 
 
 
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