What is the origin of the saying “until the last dog is hung”?
This usually refers to someone sticking it out until the end. It was first used in print in 1863, although undesirable human beings have been called “dogs” since the 14th century. The phrase may well have originated in the Wild West, where rustlers, thieves, and other ne’er-do-wells were regularly strung up for crimes against men, women, and cattle.
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