What Does the Expression “Every Dog Has His Day” Mean and How Did the Phrase Originate?

In ancient times, just as today in third-world societies, dogs lived miserable lives with little or no human care.

This led to the expressions for hard-times such as, “it’s a dog’s life,” “sick as a dog,” and “dog-tired.”

As for the proverb “Every dog has his day,” it was first recorded as an epilogue after the famed Greek playwright Euripides was killed by a pack of dogs in 405 B.C.

what does the expression every dog has his day mean and how did the phrase originate

The common interpretation of this expression is that everybody has an opportunity for a moment of glory.

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