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Difference between Dog days, the and Three dog nights

dog days, the—(also: dog days of summer, the) the hot, sultry period of summer (between early July and early September):

  • During the dog days, air-conditioners are running full-time.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase dog’s life—a wretched unpleasant existence:

  • I never knew a sailor yet who wouldn’t tell you sailoring was a dog’s life.

three dog nights—(sl.) very cold nights:

  • We had a lot of three dog nights this winter before they got the heat going to the second floor.