dog days
noun plural Etymology: from their being reckoned from the heliacal rising of the Dog Star (Sirius) Date: 1538 1. the period between early July and early September when the hot sultry weather of summer usually occurs in the northern hemisphere 2. a period of stagnation or inactivity

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