A Cat and Dog Life

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A life filled with constant arguments, fighting, and hostility between individuals or groups.


  • “My neighbors have been living a cat and dog life for years. They argue and fight over the smallest things and never seem to get along.”


The origins of this idiom are unclear, but it is believed to have been in use since at least the 16th century. Cats and dogs are known for their tendency to fight and not get along, which makes them an apt metaphor for individuals or groups who are constantly at odds with each other.

I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other idioms you’d like me to explain.

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