fig. to give / to throw to the dogs. to treat smb. like dirt ● to look smb. as so much dirt. fit for the wastepaper basket. if s / she's not half bad either ● it's / she's also to be reckoned with. prov. a cock is valiant on his own dunghill ● every cock crows on his own dunghill ● aprox. every dog is a lion at home / is valiant at his own door.