dog days
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈdɒɡ deɪz/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈdɔɡ deɪz/
  1. (archaic) The days following the heliacal rising#Noun|rising of Sirius, now in early August (Gregorian) at date#Noun|dates varying by latitude.
    Synonyms: canicular days
  2. The unpleasantly hot days of late summer.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], “Ayre Rectified. With a Digression of the Ayre.”, in The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗, partition 2, section 2, member 3, page 214 ↗:
      Why ſhould thoſe Eteſian and Eaſterne winds blow cōtinually in ſome places, at ſet times, one way ſtill, in the dog dayes only: heere perpetuall drought, there dropping ſhowres; [...]
    • 2013 August 17, "A Rickety Rebound ↗" in The Economist, Vol. 408, No. 8849:
      The dog days of August have often spelled trouble for the world economy.
  3. Any similar period of inactivity, laziness, or stagnation.
    • 1993, Billboard (volume 105, number 24, page 62)
      The two-cassette miniseries, produced by Oliver Stone, arrives in early August, in time to stir the dog days of summer rentals.
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  • Russian: мёртвый сезо́н

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