Idiom – Let sleeping dogs lie

  • Idiom – Let sleeping dogs lie.
  • Meaning –  This idiomatic expression means you should leave something alone if it might cause trouble. This idiom advises you to leave inactive problems alone.
  • This idiom is commonly given as advice to someone who may be about to instigate some kind of trouble or cause a problem.
  • The words in this idiom – let sleeping dogs lie – let the listener imagine there is a ferocious or scary dog sleeping. They are being advised not to wake this dangerous dog!
Example:
  • “Don’t ask him about his divorce. It’s best to let sleeping dogs lie!”
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Discuss:
  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?
What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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