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verb (goes to the dogs, go to the dogs, going to the dogs)
  1. (idiom) To have fallen into disrepair or ruin; to have been stagnant or depreciated.
This company has ever since the CEO was replaced.
Etymology: Possibly related to an ancient Egyptian (possibly Persian and Middle Eastern also) belief that a pair of dogs - hounds of the Dark Goddess Hekat (Greek: Hecate) guarded the gates to the underworld. It is said that the body of King Henry VIII was taken to Syon House in Brentford. During the night the coffin popped open, and servants found dogs licking the remains. In Britain during times when bodies weren't buried or cremated, it is known that bodies were fed to dogs.


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