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dog hearted. inhuman, cruel.

So much for dogs being humanity's best friend. To have the heart of a dog is apparently to be crueler than Caligula. A different king, Lear, speaks of his dog hearted daughters.reference 1 Describing someone in this way seems far worse than merely calling someone a bitch.

1. The Oxford English Dictionary Online. 2005. 3d ed. Accessed Dec 18 2009 from

About the illustration: Figure one shows a beating heart morphing into a dog's head. Of course, the phrase means to figuratively have the heart of a dog, not to literally have a dog for a heart. Still, I could not resist. Original images © 2009 Jupiterimages Corporation.  
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man's best friend
Last updated: December 18, 2009
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